'Keep Tyler Beautiful' Campaign Receives Award, Money

The Keep Tyler Beautiful campaign has received the 2008 Governor's Community Acheivement Award for outstanding community improvement, along with $130,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for landscaping projects along a local state right-of-way area.

Keep Tyler Beautiful submitted reports and a scrapbook describing their activities in Tyler, including education, public awareness, litter prevention, and illegal dumping enforcement.

"We are so grateful that a panel of judges who are volunteers just like us, found Tyler deserving to receive this state award," said Eloise Muxworthy, Keep Tyler Beautiful Board chair. "This is the first time our City has won and we want to make sure it is not the last."

Projects that were highlighted in the 2007 report included:

  • Tyler was designated an Azalea City by the Azalea Society of America;
  • The city hired an arborist;
  • The Solid Waste Department went to automated garbage collection;
  • The pro-active code enforcement was launched;
  • The city of Tyler Recycling Center partnered with Goodwill to provide electronic recycling to East Texas; and.
  • The Neighborhood Empowerment Works program had amazing success in revitalizing two neighborhoods in Tyler, among other projects.

ckhalil@kltv.com / Cathryn Khalil