Horn Lake Starts Roadside Anti-Blight Campaign

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(Horn Lake, MS) A road adoption program was one of the campaign themes of Mayor Allen Latimer as he ran for office earlier this year.

It’s now become one of the city’s first initiatives to get unanimous approval from the city’s board of aldermen.

Horn Lake has come a long way in the last several years, but when it comes to cleaning up trash, people like Leon Martin say it has a long way to go.

”A number of roads in the city are without much development and we see a lot of litter. You clean it up and a few weeks or months later you have to clean it up again.”

He’s hoping that will soon change after Aldermen last week adopted Horn Lake’s first adopt a road program.

Mayor Allen Latimer says it’s one of the biggest and most important initiatives of his new administration.

"A cleaner city, a safer city. There’s more civic pride, values of property go up along with it. It’s just the total package and it starts with small steps.”

He says sprucing up the city’s image comes with lots of other benefits, like attracting new business.

Horn Lake’s Adopt-A-Road program is catching on quickly. Already local Girl Scouts have adopted the stretch of Horn Lake Road between Goodman and Nail.

Horn Lake plans to have all it’s routes available soon on the city’s website.

All interested groups have to do is fill out a form in the city’s planning department.

Latimer says the project has been an easy sell to citizens and city leaders.

”The Aldermen are behind it 110 percent.”

And he’s hoping citizens get behind it too, because when people pitch in to clean up, everybody benefits.

”I’m hoping that as people see the streets getting cleaner, they will want to participate,” said Martin.