County Judge Damon Lampkin and Monticello Mayor Allen Maxwell are asking city and county residents and organizations to join forces to clean up the county on April 21.

Volunteers are encouraged to organize a volunteer group, select a site to clean up, beautify, improve or recycle, then call either the city or county to register that volunteer group, or individual. Those who want to register a cleanup activity inside the Monticello city limits should call Bryan at 367-4410. Those who want to register a cleanup activity in Drew County, outside the Monticello city limits, should call Sandra at 460-6200. Registration forms are also available at Lampkin’s office in the Drew County Courthouse or the Monticello’s property inspection offices in the former post office building west of City Hall.

“We are asking for help in this effort to make Drew County a more attractive place in which to live” Lampkin said. “This is a beautiful county and we all need to work together to keep it that way.”

The event “kick-off”will start at 8 a.m. April 21 at Monticello’s Mini Park on South Main, immediately south of the railroad track. Door prizes and will be awarded and trash bags, gloves and vests will be available while supplies last. Safety instructions and registration will be available also.

The event “wrap-up” will begin at noon at the Mini Park with drawings for prizes for registered groups and individuals who help with trash pick-up, improvement projects and recycling efforts.

The county landfill and city transfer station will be open during the event to receive recyclables and waste.

“If Monticello is littered and run-down, our potential to attract industry and tourism can be negatively impacted A fresh coat of paint, a few new flower plantings, and roadsides free of litter can make a big difference in our future,” Maxwell said. “It’s time for Drew County and Monticello to shine.”

The cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup, an annual spring nationwide community-improvement campaign coordinated by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful program.

Nationally, this year’s Great American Cleanup is expected to involve an estimated 3 million people volunteering more than 6.7 million hours to clean, beautify and improve 17,000 communities during 30,000 events from coast to coast. Activities will include beautifying parks and recreation areas, collecting recyclables, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.

Keep Arkansas Beautiful, an affiliate of the Keep America Beautiful program, operates as a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and is advised by a nine-member commission appointed by the governor. It is funded 1 percent of the eighth-cent conservation tax.