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Mayor Pete Panepinto proud of Hammond’s 11th win in contest

Mayor Pete Panepinto proud of Hammond’s 11th win in contest
Posted: May 19, 2017
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From Mayor Pete Panepinto

I am proud to announce that Hammond has won the State’s Cleanest City Contest for the 11th year in a row for district H. This category includes communities with a population of 15,000 to 44,999. For the state competition, Hammond competed against Gretna, Natchitoches, and Opelousas after earning the highest score in the district competition.

Jean Gilstrap, LGCF State Cleanest City Chairman and the head judge, called with the good news. The Cleanest City judging is based on many components, not just being littler free. A community must demonstrate its year-round commitment to clean-ups, recycling, litter awareness, and beautification.

This commitment is shown through a scrapbook documenting efforts. Hammond’s scrapbook is put together each year by the Hammond Garden Club. It contains photos and articles about city clean-ups, recycling days, landscaping projects, education and outreach, and code enforcement.

The judges are quite thorough in their scoring. One stray cigarette butt or cup can cause a deduction. When driving through Hammond, they look for fresh-cut grass, clean-edged sidewalks and trash bins out of sight. Beautiful and creative landscaping also captures the judges’ attention.

Hammond earned additional points this year for its Blue Star Memorial, recognizing the service of veterans, at the entrance of Zemurray Park. Hammond also earned points for litter awareness displays from students, including Holy Ghost Catholic School and Southeastern Louisiana University.

Thank you to everyone who mowed their lawns, spruced up their flower beds and helped with litter clean-up days. A special thanks to the Bill Hood Automotive Group, the City Parks & Grounds and Streets Departments, Keep Hammond Beautiful, the Hammond Garden Club, Chick-fil-a of Hammond, Subway on Southwest Railroad, the Hammond Police Department and its inmate litter crew, and to Superintendent Whitney Statham who inspired us all with her creativity and dedication. A special thanks to the Parks & Grounds and Streets Departments, Keep Hammond Beautiful, the Hammond Garden Club, the inmate litter crew, and to Whitney Statham who inspired us all with her creativity and dedication. Way to go Team Hammond!

Pete Panepinto
Mayor
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