Patterson preps for Cleanest City competition
By: GEOFFREY STOUTE
PATTERSON — The City of Patterson will be getting some extra attention in the next five months as part of an effort to keep the city in top shape as well as in preparation for the city’s participation in the Louisiana Garden Club Federation’s Cleanest City Competition in early March.
The effort, undertaken by Keep St. Mary Beautiful, the City of Patterson, the Patterson Community Center and the Patterson Garden Club, will consist of five cleanup days — each on the second Saturday of the month (weather permitting), beginning Nov. 12.
Each time, community members will meet at the Patterson Community Center, 203 Park St. (the former Patterson City Hall). The cleanups will be held from 8 a.m. to noon.
The goal is twofold — keep the city clean as well as prevent any more extensive cleanups other than tidying up the city when contest time arrives.
This year, the City of Patterson competed for the first time after skipping a number of years, and with roughly a month’s preparation, the city finished second in district competition, St. Mary Parish Beautification Officer Randy Louis said.
With more time to prepare, Louis said he was hopeful the city could build on that finish.
“Patterson’s a beautiful city,” Louis said. “It just needs to be tidied up a little bit. Every city has litter. No city is perfect.”
Using the same preparation approach Patterson is using this year, the City of Morgan City won a state title a few years ago.
The Patterson cleanups are tentatively broken down into the following phases:
Phase 1 — Park Street at the Patterson Community Center to La. 182 to Hickory Street and then to the Williams Street area.
Phase 2 — Park Street to Fifth Street to Lee Street to Main Street on to the Place Norman Shopping Center.
Phase 3 — Tiffany Street to the Patterson Healthcare Center.
Phase 4 — Tiffany Street to the Charlotte Drive area.
Phase 5 — The area behind Place Norman Shopping Center to Red Cypress Road.
He, along with Carl Butler — City of Patterson community liaison — encouraged anyone or any group who wanted to help out to attend. All participants need to do is show up.
“We’ll take care of the rest,” Louis said. “We’ll have the gloves, the water, trashbags and hopefully we’ll get a little breakfast before we start as well.”
While the city will be focusing on one area per time, Butler said that city workers will monitor the previously cleaned areas and let Butler know if any additional tidying up is needed in these areas.
On the days of the cleanup, the bags will be collected, so they are not left lying on the street, too.
After the contest, Butler said he would like to continue the cleanup days on an as-needed basis.
“We don’t just want to have spring cleaning, so to speak,” Butler said. “We want to have it all year round.”
Louis specifically thanked Patterson Mayor Rodney Grogan for his assistance in this project.
Louis said Morgan City would be conducting a five-month cleanup, too, although the dates for the event have not been set yet. He said he hoped to extend the effort to other parts of the parish in the future.