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City-wide clean-up day to be held June 13

City of Cairo employees are preparing to take part in a clean-up day and the public is also being invited to participate.
Cairo Main Street Director and Keep Grady County Beautiful Director Celeste Tyler briefed the Cairo City Council on the clean-up event scheduled for Wednesday, June 13.
Tyler is planning for two groups of city employees to target areas of the city in the clean-up effort with one team going out at 7:30 a.m. followed by a second group at 8:30 a.m. The plan is for each team to work for two hours before returning to Davis Park for refreshments.
Cairo Mayor Booker Gainor asked if a Saturday clean-up day could be scheduled instead of the event being held in the middle of the work week.
“Saturday is our regular day, but we, as a city, were challenged and this is us thinking outside the box,” Tyler said.
Councilman James H. (Jimmy) Douglas asked if volunteers from the community were welcomed to take part. Tyler said that local residents interested in volunteering were welcomed and should meet the city crews at Davis Park either at 7:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. on June 13.
Tyler said that the city would provide volunteers with safety vests, grippers and trash bags.
Tyler also updated the council on other projects of Clean and Beautiful including her coordination with the MLK Collaborative to clean up following the annual MLK parade; litter survey of a one mile radius of the county’s public schools; clean-up efforts at GA Hwy. 93 South boat ramps and Hadley Ferry boat ramps; installation of cigarette disposal receptacles in the pocket parks in downtown Cairo as well as pet stations in the two parks.
Tyler said she is also involved in planning for beautification at Forest Lawn Cemetery including the creation of a memorial garden.
The council also discussed with Tyler her role as the head of the city’s Main Street program.
Councilman Demario Byrden and Mayor Booker Gainor questioned Tyler about her plans to stage more activities in downtown Cairo.
According to Tyler, the Downtown Development Authority is interested in hosting more events, including a concert event, but she noted that some revisions to existing city ordinances or the adoption of new ordinances may be necessary to allow such events downtown.
Councilman Jerry Cox suggested the DDA consider meeting more than just six times a year in order to develop a strategy for promoting downtown.
Mayor Gainor also suggested more could be done to attract a variety of retail businesses to downtown and a program initiated to help relocate finance companies and other non-retail businesses to other locations outside of the downtown area.
“We don’t like vacant store fronts, we like all good neighbors,” Tyler said. She agreed with the mayor that more retail establishments are what is needed downtown and said she had recently been contacted by a person who had expressed interest in opening a retail business downtown.

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