Lake Charles wins 1st place in Cleanest City Contest

The following is a Press Release from the City of Lake Charles:

The City of Lake Charles was informed today by Louisiana Garden Club Federation State Cleanest City Chairman Jean Gilstrap that it came in first in Category I of this year's Louisiana Garden Club Federation (LGCF) State Cleanest City Contest.

Category I represents cities with a population of 45,000 to 99,999.

Said Mayor Roach:

"This was a very close competition and truly a community-wide effort.  On behalf of the City, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the many organizations, including school and youth organizations, involved in helping the City to receive this honor.  This award was made possible, in large part, by the efforts of many volunteers, service organizations and property owners.  That makes it all the more special for the community."

The following is a list of the organizations supporting the effort: the Lake Charles City Council, City of Lake Charles employees, the City's Public Works Department and Property Standards, the Calcasieu Parish Library, LSU Ag Center, the Chamber SWLA, Team Green of Southwest Louisiana, Junior Team Green, St. Margaret School Science Club, St. Louis High School, S J Welsh Student Council, Barbe High School Student Council, Boy Scout Troop 1 in Lake Charles, Boy Scout Troop 24 in Iowa, the Greater Lake Charles Beautification Committee, the Lake Charles Garden Club, the Diggers and Weeders Garden Club of Lake Charles, local business owners and media, individual volunteers, and the residents of the community who pitched in and cleaned up their property.

Said City Council Vice President Mark Eckard:

"Thanks to everyone who helped our city win this award.   We could not have done this without the efforts of many volunteers."

Said District E Councilman Stuart Weatherford:

"It is a great honor to be named a state winner in the Cleanest City Contest.  I want to thank the Lake Charles Garden Club and the Diggers & Weeders Garden Club of Lake

Charles for their continued efforts in beautifying our City.  I was especially privileged to be able to work with our youth in picking up litter with Boy Scout Troop 1 and the S J

Welsh Student Council.  Our future is bright with these groups and many others volunteering their time to help keep our City clean and making our community a great place to live, work and play."

Said Ellie Lemoine, chairman of the Cleanest City Contest for the Lake Charles Garden Club:

"Great news for Lake Charles and its citizens in winning this competition.  Mayor Roach has encouraged beautification of our city through the efforts of Russ Adams and the entire beautification team.  We should all be proud of the improvements to downtown.  However, keeping our city clean and tidy needs to be a commitment by all citizens.  This is a good beginning…let us continue to work hard towards that end."

Said Nan Himel, publicity chairman, Lake Charles Garden Club:

"I was impressed and encouraged by the support the community gave to this contest and that the community thinks the beautification and cleanliness of the City is well worth the time and effort spent."

The Cleanest City Contest is a litter prevention program sponsored by the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc.