Moulton earns state beautification honor, $90,000 award
Moulton is the winner of the Governor's Community Achievement Award from Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation.
Only 10 cities, in various population categories, received the awards. It recognizes Keep Moulton Beautiful as having one of the best grassroots programs in the state.
Moulton's award includes $90,000 to construct and maintain a landscaping project along a state right-of-way, according to a news release from Keep Texas Beautiful.
"This award honors the entire community and is truly an award for all of Moulton to share and be proud of," said Mayor Cindy McIntosh.
"Thank you not only goes out to Keep Moulton Beautiful, but to the multitude of individuals, organizations and businesses as well as the city council and school district who have worked so hard toward this significant community accomplishment."
Communities submitted materials to one of 10 population categories and judges chose winners based on their achievements in seven environmental and community improvement areas: community leadership and coordination, education, public awareness, litter prevention and cleanup, illegal dumping enforcement, beautification and property improvement and solid waste management, according to the news release.
Keep Moulton Beautiful became a Keep Texas Beautiful affiliate in September 2008. Since its inception, the organization's programs helped recycling increase 34 percent from 2009 to 2010 and resulted in adoption of a city litter ordinance and regular limb pickup for Moulton residents, said the mayor.
The group also planted 39 donated live oak trees in the Community Park and along Main Street to ensure beauty and shade for future generations.
Other environmental efforts include the city of Moulton's completion of its Main Street Improvement Project, Keep Moulton Beautiful's adoption of the Main Street Gazebo landscaping and addition of downtown planters and waste receptacles.
In addition, the school district has added the Waste-in-Place educational program to its elementary school curriculum and has enhanced its recycling program with an eight-bin recycling trailer, fully funded by a Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission grant.
The city also has a 10-bin recycling trailer at its drop-off center.
Moulton will receive its award during KTB's 44th Annual Conference, June 20-23 in Austin.