A clean city includes a clean bayou
By: Ken Grissom
St. Martinville – Buster Bear is back and he’s got a buddy.
The City Council Monday declared March “Cleanest City Awareness Month” and gave Buster and his serpentine friend, the Bayou Teche snake, free rein to clean up, spruce up, paint and polish the city’s downtown and choice neighborhoods, including a stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Susan Carpenter, representing the Garden Club, told the council the annual clean-up drive has taken on an expanded role with an added emphasis on cleaning and monitoring the health of Bayou Teche.
The annual “trash bash” will include policing the bayou with the help of the St. Martin Sheriff’s Office marine patrol.
The addition of a snake personality to join the bear mascot reflects the Chitimacha legend about how the bayou was formed.
A $5,000 grant will help fuel the group’s efforts, Carpenter said.
Merchants and residents are urged to put their best foot forward in March.