Mississippi Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King was the program speaker at the September Ellisville Garden Club meeting in the home of President Elizabeth Barnes.
King’s program was on litter in Mississippi. MDOT is responsible for more than 30,000 miles of state highways. He reported that taxpayers pay more than $3 million annually for picking up more than 290,000 bags of litter.
He said his department does its best to keep costs down but the problem continues to get worse. His department offers educational programs to help raise awareness of the dangers of litter to kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Hopefully, with proper education and direction, our future drivers will do a better job of keeping Mississippi beautiful, he said.
After King’s program, member Gail Rittenhouse shared her hobby of painting garden art stones. The remainder of the meeting covered plans for upcoming projects and fundraisers.
The Ellisville Garden Club encourages everyone to do their part to help keep their communities beautiful.