Keep Levelland Beautiful had their first meeting of 2023 in the noon hour on Monday to cover several upcoming events. They also had Eli Colunga with Code enforcement for the City of Levelland present to discuss the number of citations the department had been seeing, as well as areas that needed improvement
Colunga explained that last year there were 384 code violations throughout the city. This included the 3 game rooms whose licenses were revoked towards the end of the year, 221 high weed or grass violations, 38 junk vehicles, 54 “junk, trash waste material or refuse”, and 13 traffic view obstructions, among others. During this presentation Colunga also assured the board that his department, as well as the Planning & Zoning Commission were continuing their work of eliminating dilapidated structures. To help them in this goal, the City has entered into a partnership with the Texas Community Group (TCG), which helps the City by putting derelict properties up for bid at online auction. Last year 13 properties were sold in this manner, bringing in approx. $55K
Setting their sights forward, the board has planned the first of their Community Wide Cleanups for the year to take place April 1st this year. In addition, they have also secured resources to provide an electronics recycling option the same day to give the community options to safely dispose of their old electronic devices. The board also have set their sights on various signposts West of town, namely the Lion’s Club and Churches of Christ signs, which have deteriorated with time. The board has reached out to contact these organizations in the hopes of renewing or replacing them.
Keep Levelland Beautiful has multiple local initiatives to get the community engaged with their programs, one of which is their photo contest they run twice a year. This last Fall/Winter cycle the group saw 23 entries, the winners of which were recently honored at the Chamber of Commerce. The Spring/Summer contest will begin on March 1st. Another of these initiatives is the reusable grocery bag art contest, which was started last year. A local art student’s art work was selected to be printed on limited-number reusable grocery bags sold for $5 each at United Supermarket in town. United generously assisted KLB with the funds to print 500 of the bags, of which 142 have been sold for $710. This money will be re-deposited to a fund in order to renew the program for another round. Finally KLB will be partnering with SPC Student Life on Monday January 30th at the SPC Texans Basketball game to bring the halftime entertainment. Keep Texas Beautiful, the overarching agency for the group has a mascot “Darrel the Barrel” that will be used for a “trickshot competition”. Video will be shot of the competition, then submitted to the state board for recognition.