Last Modified: Thursday, May 17, 2012 4:02 PM
Lake Charles has won the 2012 Louisiana Garden Club Federation’s State Cleanest CIty Contest for cities with populations between 45,000 and 99,999.
The announcement was made Tuesday by City Hall.
Nan Himel, spokeswoman for the Lake Charles Garden Club, was pleased to hear the announcement.
“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,” she said in a news release.
The Cleanest City Contest, sponsored by the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, is an annual event that promotes litter prevention. Judges visited the city several weeks ago.
Ellie Lemoine, chairwoman for the city’s Cleanest City efforts and a member of the Lake Charles Garden Club, complimented both Roach’s administration and residents for the work they did in sprucing up the city.
“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 Adamas (city planning director) and the entire beautification team. We should be proud of the improvements to downtown. This is a good beginning…let us continue to work hard towards the end,” she said in a news release.
Roach said that Lake Charles stood out to judges for a reason.
“This award was made possible in large part by the efforts of many volunteers, service organizations and property owners. This makes it all the more special for the community,” he said.
City administrator John Cardone told the American Press that residents and government workers won the award together.
“This is a tribute to everyone who participated and to the city employees who take a lot of pride in the appearance of Lake Charles,” he said. “And in making our city the best it can be.”