Jean Gilstrap, Cleanest City Chairman for the Louisiana Garden Club Federation is in Abbeville today for the state round of the Cleanest City Contest. Members of Keep Abbeville Beautiful and the Abbeville Garden Club hosted a breakfast this morning and are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. to take Gilstrap on a tour.
Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza said he feels confident in what the judge will see.
“I think the city is cleaner than I have seen it in several months,” Piazza said. “A lot of hard work has gone into this effort. A lot of volunteers have helped.”
Piazza also thanked Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon, the Vermilion Parish Police Jury and Abbeville Police Chief Tony Hardy.
“They have all joined the effort,” Piazza said.
Keep Abbeville Beautiful’s Charlene Beckett said the effort has been nothing short of terrific.
“There have been so many volunteers,” Beckett said Thursday afternoon. “We have had all of the Garden Club and KAB volunteers; but I have also seen people mowing their yards today and seen people picking up trash. I have had phone calls all day about people seeing piles of trash that need to be picked up. We have even had people riding the route (the judge will take). They were not even asked to do that.
“There are a lot of people who have really stepped up.”
Abbeville is competing in Category G. That puts the city up against Crowley, Pineville and Mandeville. How those cities stack up remains to be seen. Piazza reiterated his good feelings about his own community’s chances.
“I feel comfortable about it,” Piazza said. “I really do. I think the city is in better shape than it was last year.
“I am very optimistic.”
Still, the mayor said a last-minute effort will not hurt.
“If anyone sees any litter that may have accumulated over night,” Piazza said, “please pick it up this morning so that our city looks at beautiful as possible.”