City, parish officials unite to cleanup Bossier



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Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

Local officials are uniting to keep the streets of Bossier clean.

Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune
Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington was joined by Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker, Bossier Parish Police Jury President Wanda Bennett, and representatives from the La. Department of Transportation and Development and “Keep Bossier Beautiful” for a news conference last week. The goal is to remove litter and clean up the roadways, especially as our area prepares to welcome thousands of visitors for the Defenders of Liberty Air Show at Barksdale Air Force Base later this month.

Officials are asking the public to commit their support in cleaning up Bossier.

“We’re going to do our part, but we need the public’s help,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “First off, don’t litter.   If you do see some litter, pick it up.  From a law enforcement standpoint, we know there is a direct correlation between trashy, junky areas and crime.”

Also joining the elected and appointed officials were representative from “Keep Bossier Beautiful” – Chris Opp, vice president; Tom Lawson and Wayne Rathbun, also from Progressive Waste Solutions.  Mayor Walker praised their efforts, along with all others who volunteer to clean.

“We’ve made tremendous improvement over the last years through volunteers like this, and I can’t say enough about the volunteers that we’ve got,” said Mayor Walker.  “They do a super job, and we couldn’t do what we do without them, and we do appreciate them.”

Bennett also encouraged everyone to get involved.

“One of the best ways you can show respect for your community and the other residents is to keep it clean and to do your part,” she said.

While general cleanup and beautification projects are ongoing, Sheriff Whittington encourages residents to keep flood victims in mind during this time.

“A lot of people are really suffering,” Sheriff Whittington said.  “We are going to go do a private project this Saturday for a lady really in need, and I would just encourage all of our

Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune
Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

citizens and fellow Bossierites to pitch in and help a neighbor where you can, whether it’s painting, cleaning their yard, or whatever you can do…I know they would greatly appreciate it.”

Bossier Sheriff’s Corrections work crews and a Bossier City street sweeper were on hand to show just how a little work goes a long way in cleaning up the streets of Bossier.  Each year, inmate work crews pick up some 48,000 bags of trash on more than 2,000 miles of roadways to complement the parish and state beautification and cleanup efforts.