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The Pike County Commissioners are becoming more concerned over the amounts of trash on roadways and areas of Pike County.

The Concord Garden Club talked with the Commissioners Tuesday, Feb. 24 meeting. Several commissioners said they recently received complaints about the amount of trash along roads in Pike and noted it is time for some action to be taken. The Garden Club has asked that April be designated as Pick Up Pike Month and Commissioners approved the resolution unanimously.

County manager John Hanson said he is working with probationers to start picking up trash along roads and plans to set up an entire week of work starting April 6.

Additional considerations are for signs that specify littering is punishable by an increasd fine, are also being considered. The Current Pike ordinance says the fine shall not exceed $250 but adding some language to provide for some community service for violations is also being considered. The County manager said It’s only fitting that the people throwing out the trash should be out picking it up.

The Commissioners were also asked to reactivate the program Keep Pike County Beautiful since it is a national organization and offers resources Pike could use.  Citizens can join the Pick Up Pike group on Facebook.

A map will be placed in the Commissioners office so citizens can claim a section or road and clean those areas.

The group Pick Up Pike is doing everything it can to combat the litter problem. And there is a huge support group for this initiative. One individual told the Commissioners all you really need to do is mobilize them.

Commissioner James Jenkins said he and his family walk along the road they live on picking up trash, adding, We’ve got to set the example.

Chairman Briar Johnson said as a Pike deputy, when he would see bags of garbage, he would put on gloves and search for mail or other items identifying the owner and serve them with a summons so they would have to explain to the judge how their trash ended up on the side of the road. He suggested asking the sheriff’s office to take the same approach now.

The Concord Garden Club’s 19 th annual community lecture series known as Lunch and Learn which will be held at the Concord Building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16.

The free public event will showcase ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and re purpose for the home, garden and community. Commissioners and citizens were asked to join in an effort for a county-wide clean up weekend April 11 and 12 before the grass really starts to grow and litter becomes an even bigger problem.

An anti-litter poster contest is being held for public, private and home school students in third, fourth and fifth grades with $50 for first and $25 for second and third place winners. The posters will be displayed at the April 16 Lunch and Learn and possibly other places around Pike County.

Special thanks to the Pike Journal Rporter for their assistance in this news story.  You can subscribe to the Pike Journal Reporter at pikecounty.com.