Jennings advances to state level

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JENNINGS — The city of Jennings has advanced to the state competition in the Louisiana Garden Club Federation’s Cleanest City Contest.

The city will now advance to the state level competition in late April or early May. It will compete against cities with a population between 9,500 to 14,499 people.

“It’s an honor to be going on to the state competition,” Mayor Henry Guinn said. “It is going to benefit local businesses, the local economy and local residents. The cleaner and more presentable a city is, the more businesses are going to want to come in and invest locally.”

Overall, Guinn said the judges were “very impressed” with the city and what they saw.

“A lovely city with lots of exciting renovations going on,” Cleanest City Contest Co-Chairman Ingrid Ayres wrote in an email to the city on Sunday.

The judges did note areas that need attention, including a vacant lot on Washington Street that needed mowing and a few pieces of litter at the entrance of Interstate 10, the high school and the fence opposite the cemetery on Roberts Avenue.

Officials judged the city on a route that included neighborhoods, schools, parks, cemeteries, businesses, public buildings and vacant lots. Judges also viewed a scrapbook exhibiting the city’s beautification efforts and progress.

The recognition validates the city is a great place to live with a great quality of life, Guinn said.

“We will continue to build on what we have and continue to move forward and make progress,” he said.

The beautification and clean up of Jennings was among the goals when Guinn took office eight month ago. Since then he has worked with city employees, the Garden Club, local civic organizations, schools and other volunteers to make it a reality.

“The landscape crew is really the main reason we were able to compete and all the residents who stepped up to clean and mow their properties and pick up the trash made a difference,” he said.

The recognition validates the city is a great place to live with a great quality of life.

Mayor Henry Guinn

City of Jennings

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