Bay begins beautification blitz on Hwy. 603

Bay St. Louis

The City of Bay St. Louis’ Public Works and Beautification departments are conducting an “Operation Highway Home,” this week according to Buddy Zimmerman, Public Works director and Jimmy Loiacano, Beautification director.

“This will be a blitz project … to make Highway 603 look the way it ought too. We will use all personnel from the two departments, just leave a skeleton crew to handle the day-to-day operations,” Zimmerman said.

“We will have every piece of machinery working on the highway area. We will be picking up litter, everything including storm stuff, blowing culverts and doing whatever it takes. The work is scheduled to go on from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the entire week.”

Loiacano said, “Safety is our first concern, and the Public Works and Beautification crews will all be wearing safety colored vests. We want everyone to be safe.”

Bay St. Louis Police Chief Tom Burleson urges all motorists to observe the workers and reduce their speeds.

“Our officers will be assisting the Public Works and Beautification departments in this Burleson said., “Speed limits will be strictly enforced.”

Zimmerman said, “Operation Highway Home comes from a challenge by Mayor Les Fillingame, that every department head come up with a project that will enhance our city. This will be a joint department effort doing something out of the ordinary of day-to-day operations. Loicano’s crew and my crew will be working together.”

“The Beautification crew will be attacking the litter problem, while the Public Works crew will take care of the big objects, such as storm debris and illegally discarded tires, etc,,” Loiacano said.

“This is the first project to get Bay St. Louis started back to being a community and being ‘A Place Apart.’ We are planning on a lot of work to be done that will improve the looks of our community.” Zimmerman and Loiacano said.

The combined crews for this special project will include about 40 city employees, with four supervisors, Zimmerman said, all working together.

“We are working to beautify our city, and ‘Operation Highway Home is a part of doing that,” Loiacano said.

BY: Ellis C. Cuevas

The Sea Coast Echo

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