Mayor Ronnie Williams announced plans to cut down on litter in the city by implementing a number of strategies to combat the habit. In an effort to reintroduce a sense of pride among the residents, Williams began Oct. 6 with the tactic to generate interest through the signing of a litter-free electronic pledge.
He hopes to obtain as many signatures as possible from the over 18,000 residents of the city. He also stated that the City will create an anti-litter task force whose purpose will be providing feedback on areas of the city in need of care or that have been cared for.
The group will aim to positively enforce the cleanliness of the city while making a conscious effort to report areas seeing the most clutter. There will be a Facebook page dedicated to the cause allowing for those who wish to participate more seriously to do so. The City encourages those who take part in city cleanups to send pictures of themselves or others to the City of Natchitoches Facebook message inbox. These photos may also be posted by the residents with the hashtags #KeepNatchitochesClean, #LoveYourCity, #NatchitochesNotNatchitrash and #LitterIsTrashy.
The Natchitoches Times will also publish these photos and post to their website and social media platforms.
Williams encourages residents to report those that are seen actively littering to CrimeStoppers by calling 318-238-2388. The Mayor has also implemented a rotation of cleanups from City departments. Each week, a different department will visit areas of the community most affected by litter and dumping. Community Development, Finance, Planning and Zoning, the Fire and Police Departments, Public Works, Purchasing, Recreation and Utilities will each participate in weekly cleanups.
Williams takes litter in the city seriously and is committed to making the choices necessary to see change. He hopes that the consistent effort will encourage residents to bring out the beauty of Natchitoches and take care of the place we call home.