LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Less than two weeks before the City of Lake Charles is put to the test for the state title of cleanest city, the Lake Charles Garden Club is challenging the City Council to help clean up.
Nan Himel with the Lake Charles Garden Club addressed the council Wednesday night and didn't have look far to demonstrate the problem.
"Now on the way into your parking lot I picked up this trash from your parking lot and this was just on the way in," said Himel.
The Lake Charles Garden Club and Diggers and Weeders Garden Club walk the judging route every day picking up trash.
"The city workers do a fine job at sweeping the streets and edging and cleaning the sidewalks, but they can't get all the little trash that is out there. That's where we come in. We pick up all the little stuff. The biggest problem we have is cigarette butts. Lake Charles has not won this award in a long time and if the judges see stuff like these items we will not win as cleanest city. Litter cannot win cleanest city," said Himel.
The judging is set for Friday May 4th. Himel is challenging everyone to do their part, including council members. She invites anyone who wants to volunteer to help walk the route.
The route will start from SWLA Convention and Visitor's Burea, then Lakeshore Drive down Kirby Street to Louisiana Avenue, then to Pujo on to Kirkman and eventually to 7th Street on down to Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive - in and around the hospital area neighborhoods and back up Shell Beach Drive.