By GALEN HOLLEY
Unsightly, illegal dumping sites will soon be cleaned up if Grenada receives a grant for which city officials have applied.
According to Code Compliance Officer Sonny Ammons, the city is applying for a $25,000 grant, administered through the Department of Environmental Quality, to help clean up illegal dumping and to host a hazardous waste disposal day in the fall.
“We have about 12 sites around town where people have simply thrown their garbage on the ground, and this grant will pay for labor to clean that up,” said Ammons.
Utilizing the money, Ammons hopes to have certified personnel on-hand in the fall to receive and properly dispose of hazardous materials such as television screens, insecticide, tires, paint and other waste that can’t simply be thrown into the household garbage, Ammons told the Grenada City Council at its regular meeting on Monday.
“We need to keep this city clean, and I’m doing all I can,” said Ammons. “We want to encourage civic pride.”
Ward Two Councilman Frederick Wilson made the motion to approve the grant application, seconded by Ward Five Councilman the Rev. Timothy Chism.
The vote was unanimous.