Livingston Parish Litter Patrol started picking up

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 5:51pm

The roadways in ditches in Livingston Parish are about to get a lot cleaner. The new Livingston Parish Litter Patrol program kicked off Wednesday.

"We want to get on top of it," Layton Ricks, Livingston Parish President, "Make sure we not only maintain, but get ahead of it. We can do that. "

It's a team effort between The Livingston Parish President's Office, The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, 'Keep Livingston Beautiful' and 'Livingston Parish Tourism.'

"We're always preaching about how a clean neighborhood makes a safe neighborhood and this goes everywhere," Sheriff Jason Ard, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, said. "So, if you can make something clean it just makes things safer."

LPSO Deputies will supervise inmates on litter patrol. Inmates will pick up the trash. Then Livingston Parish Department of Public Works crews will cut the grass.

Livingston Parish Tourism officials say the cleaner look will keep visitors coming back.

"The first thing that our visitors see when they get off our interstate, when they go to visit our attractions, is how clean how clean is the community," Eric Edwards, Executive Director Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, said. "So, it's our number one calling card. "

Parish officials hope a litter free Livingston will be more appealing to businesses looking to relocate.

"We know with the growth that we are going to be seeing, you know we've got commercial people looking," Ricks said. "Real estate agents brining them around to show them properties, so we want it to be as clean as possible. "

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