Benton Matters cleans up South Street
Benton Matters, a part of the city’s larger Go Benton initiative, was formed in January. Gary James, executive director of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce, said he got the idea to form Benton Matters when thinking of ways to clean up highly visible areas in town so as to make the city more attractive to potential businesses and residents.
Benton Matters’ first project was a cleanup in the Ralph Bunche Community on Martin Luther Jr. Day on Jan. 21. When looking for another project, Benton Matters Chairman Edd Spurlock suggested South Street as an area that needed some attention. So, on April 21, volunteers helped paint the exterior of the Christian Community Care Clinic and picked up trash and yard debris. The volunteers also painted benches at the Senior Activity Center and power washed the facility, too. At the end of the project, trucks provided by the Saline County Solid Waste Management District hauled off at least two dumpsters and two trailers full of trash and yard debris.
The committee hasn’t yet chosen it’s next project, but we at First Arkansas News will announce when and where it will be once Benton Matters makes an announcement.
Meanwhile, we’ve got the following pictures of activities on the South Street cleanup project for your browsing pleasure. Enjoy!
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