Lisa Cooley with the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce recently discussed the Keep Cleveland Beautiful committee re-launching the affiliate within the Keep Mississippi Beautiful system and becoming a more active member.
Keep Cleveland Beautiful will meet on Jan. 29.
Keep Cleveland Beautiful will focus on three major projects in order to revamp the city.
Cooley said of the projects, "With the new focus on Keep Cleveland Beautiful we are encouraging groups in the community to volunteer at some of our cleanup and beautification events.
"We plan to focus on downtown—specifically the alley behind the stores. It has become overrun with weeds, there are potholes in the street, and some buildings need some attention. We will possibly even add some landscaping to help the area look better.
"The reason we want to clean up the alley is two-part: One, it’s visible to Highway 8 traffic. With the Grammy Museum coming to Cleveland, we anticipate an influx of visitors. We want to put our best foot forward.
"Two, the historical significance of the alley is important to Cleveland. We would love to clean up the area and make it an attraction to visitors along with possible signage regarding the history of the alley."
Cooley said the second project is to fix up Fireman's Park.
"The park holds water and we would like to do some dirt work and also possible bring in mulch where the playground equipment is located. We would like to assist with any painting and landscaping that would enhance the appearance of the park as well," she said.
The third project is to focus on Cleveland entrance signs.
"We would like to make a bigger and better impression on visitors and travelers as they enter Cleveland. We will focus on new landscaping around the Cleveland Entrance Signs and we would also like to look into the possibility of replacing those signs with something that stands out and represents Cleveland better," said Cooley.
Keep Cleveland Beautiful is working on a kickoff with Keep Mississippi Beautiful and Cooley said, "The plans for the kick-off are still in the works."
Cooley said the committee will meet with representatives from Keep Mississippi Beautiful later this month to discuss the three and decide which one to focus on.
Once the decision has been made, the group will focus on what the needs are for the project and move on from there.
"What we do know at this point is that we will need to bring in a lot of volunteers from the community to help with the project. Anyone who is interested in volunteering can contact the Chamber at 662-843-2712.
"Individuals or groups are encouraged to sign up. It can be sororities, fraternities, Girl and Boy Scout troupes, church groups, civic groups, etc.
"We are open to anyone who is interested in making Cleveland an even more beautiful place to live," said Cooley.