County receives $15,500 offer for PRIDE cleanup

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By The Staff

Taylor County and Campbellsville could receive up to $15,500 from PRIDE if residents participate in PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month.

The funds would be used to pay for roadside cleanups and beautification projects.

"PRIDE is recruiting an army of volunteers to clean our region's scenic landscape, and we're asking local governments to lead the charge in their communities," Karen Engle, PRIDE President and chief executive officer, stated in a press release. "To assist cities and counties, PRIDE is pleased to offer spring cleanup funds, thanks to a partnership with the state's Energy and Environment Cabinet."

Each city and county's funding level is based on its number of road miles. Taylor County is eligible for $12,800 in PRIDE Spring Cleanup funds. Campbellsville can receive as much as $2,700.

Spring cleanup funds are available to all local governments in PRIDE's 38-county service area. To qualify for its available funding, the local government must send representatives to training workshops and comply with funding guidelines.

PRIDE also will supply all local governments with garbage bags, gloves and safety vests to distribute to spring cleanup volunteers. PRIDE will give a free T-shirt to the first 20,000 spring cleanup volunteers.

April is also Redbud Month, and TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky is offering Taylor County and Campbellsville free redbuds to plant.

Redbud Month was started by TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky, the region's tourism development organization, in 2004 to extend the region's annual tourism season. Since then, TOUR SEKY has given out more than 350,000 seedlings.

This year, local governments can apply for up to 500 free Eastern Redbud seedlings from TOUR SEKY. In addition, PRIDE will give 15 free Eastern Redbud trees to Taylor County because it participated in the Roadside PRIDE cleanup campaign last fall.