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Barnesville targets litter; students blamed

By Sherri Ellington Litter and ways to get rid of it were the topic of the day at the April 3 Barnesville city council meeting. Councilman Mark Stone said there is entirely too much litter, especially along College Drive, which he attributed to Gordon College students Councilman Neal Devane preferred inmate labor. Mayor Peter Banks noted the now-defunct Keep Barnesville Beautiful committee, which organized pickup programs on various streets. ’People just aren’t taught today the way we were or they don’t care. They litter on purpose,’ he said. Councilwoman Anne Claxton said an effort to reorganize KBB failed for a lack of volunteers, especially those willing to take leadership positions. City manager Kenny Roberts said he would look into possible programs for litter awareness and education. Council also: ’¢ Proclaimed April Child Abuse Prevention Month. There are 47 pinwheels on the courthouse lawn to represent all the substantiated cases in 2011. ’¢ Renewed a three year contract with Dependable Waste for solid waste management at no increased cost. ‘¢ Discussed the rumble strips at College Drive and Spencer Street, the completed paving of Thomaston Street and sidewalk repairs. ’¢ Noted upcoming Georgia Municipal Association conferences in Savannah and Valdosta as well as two district Three Rivers Development Commission dinners in Griffin and LaGrange, Mayor Banks’ last appearances as the first district president. ’¢ Heard state money for the $1 million Summers Field Park ‘“ all $750,000 of it ‘“ would be delayed until April 2013. Meanwhile, some work may be done using the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue earmarked for the park. ’¢ Heard reports from the Barnesville-Lamar County Humane Society and the Dolly Goodpuppy Society.

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