By Frank Lewis
Doug Bays and Salem Jackson have, on occasion, taken it upon themselves to clean up areas around the county. Now they want to have another clean up day, and they are asking for your help. There will be a clean up effort on March 22 beginning at 9 a.m. on the Grant Street side of Mound Park.
“We are going to be cleaning up different areas of Scioto County,” Bays said. “We’re going to start at Mound Park, depending on how many people we have, we’re probably going to be breaking up into groups. We’ll have two or three people maybe do around Mound Park. We might have three or four people go around the east end; kind of break it up evenly. We’ll basically pick up pop cans, cigarette butts, whatever kind of trash there is.”
Bays said they will have gloves and trash bags for those participating in the clean up, and the city of Portsmouth has told them they would pick up the trash after it has been collected.
Bays said he and Jackson recently did about an acre in the vicinity of the the in-line stores near Walmart in New Boston. “It was absolutely horrible,” Bays said. “One acre, five trash bags.”
He said the plan is to do the lots near Applebee’s and other parts of New Boston as well.
“It’s just one of these community efforts that we are kind of taking upon ourselves to make things happen,” Bays said. “That’s kind of the way you have to do things.”
Bays said anyone wishing to participate in the cleanup can call 740-858-7849 or 740-961-5857, or go to www.facebook.com/sciotocountycleanup.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.