Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton met with Brownies from Girl Scout Troop 57078
Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton met with Brownies from Girl Scout Troop 57078
The Brownies from Girl Scout Troop 57078 met with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton Thursday to discuss littering in Crawfordsville. While they passed out bags for Scouting for Food, the girls conducted a trash survey, and discovered that the vast majority of litter was cigarette butts. This agrees with national data. In the one block stretch between the troop’s meeting place at St. John’s Episcopal Church and the City Building, the girls gathered four grocery bags of litter, including a lot of cigarette butts. Cigarette butts contain chemicals that are dangerous to people and animals. When it rains on cigarette butts on the ground, these chemicals can end up in the water. It also decreases property values.
The girls and Mayor Barton discussed strategies for dealing with trash, including taking personal responsibility for your own trash, adding language to city regulations about littering, and purchasing ash receptacles to place in key locations. Keep America Beautiful has a Cigarette Litter Prevention Grant Program that a community group could apply for. Mayor Barton also taught the girls about City Government and the relationships among all the departments and the county government system.