Boyd Branch cleaned up as part of Commonwealth Cleanup Week

Workers with the Commonwealth Cleanup initiative pose with two bags of litter collected on Thursday, part of the more than 500 bags collected by workers across two days.

Johnson County is a cleaner place this week after the efforts of more than two dozen people to clean up Ky. 581 and Boyd Branch Thursday and Friday as part of Commonwealth Cleanup Week.

Monica Spriggs, who serves as Johnson County’s solid waste coordinator and PRIDE coordinator, says the state’s Commonwealth Cleanup initiative at the beginning of April helps raise awareness about PRIDE month. 

The crew, Spriggs said, included 12 state workers, seven county workers, five state inmates and five community service workers on the first day, with two more community service workers joining the effort on the second day. Together, they collected 535 bags of trash totaling approximately two tons, in addition to tires and other litter.

“They did an amazing job,” Spriggs said. “It turned out to be a good effort, and the team really worked well together.”

Spriggs said local businesses, including Bob Evans, The Coffeehouse, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Peking Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Subway, Papa John’s and Porky’s donated breakfast and lunch for the crew, with the Johnson County Senior Citizens Center supplying desserts and Wal-Mart and Food City also contributing to the event. 

The site, Spriggs said, was chosen as it is one of the places the county’s solid waste commission has received the most complaints.

“We take all complaints seriously,” Spriggs said.

Spriggs said she is working with Johnson County Jailer Steve Rose to organize more community service workers for weekly cleanup effort at additional areas in need, not only through PRIDE month, but all the way through the summer.

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