- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A nine-member committee will handle future programs to beautify Vicksburg.

The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/1lEC8NV ) the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted this past week to create Vicksburg Beautification Committee. It will have three members from each of the two city wards plus Community Development Director Victor Gray-Lewis, community service department director Robert Hubbard and city landscape architect Jeff Richardson.

Aldermen Michael Mayfield and Willis Thompson expect to make their appointments in July. Thompson said the committee is “a great idea to maintain the focus on beautification in our city.”

Gray-Lewis said city will re-establish an affiliation with Keep America Beautiful, a national organization that promotes environmental awareness and city beautification programs.

He said city board’s action “put a committee in place for the sole purpose to monthly, annually, look at our city and find ways to beautify our city.”

“We’ve been talking about how important it is to work on Vicksburg, and how beautification helps to promote economic development (and) industrial development in our community,” Gray-Lewis said.

The issue first came up in Match during a discussion about bringing the city’s litter and trash problem under control. The city began a citywide cleanup day in April with another set for some time in the fall.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com

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