Bell’s Bits: Spring is in the air! The first thing that always comes to my mind when I think of spring (besides baseball) is Spring Cleaning. Beginning May 1st, our Public Works Department will be picking up any items you can carry by hand to the curb. Throughout the entire month of May, we will pick these items up at no charge but please separate yard waste from other debris such as metal, wood, etc. Also, please note that brush, limbs, branches, etc. may not exceed six inches in diameter.
Spring Cleaning Reminder: We are not able to pick up paint cans that contain wet paint. All paint cans must be empty and dry. I suggest using kitty litter for drying purposes or spreading the paint on newspaper to dry. We also are unable to pick up oil. After the month of May, we will be enforcing all city ordinances, which includes only picking up household garbage, recycling, and yard debris. Thank for your cooperation.
Thank you to everyone involved with our second annual 44 City Serve (citywide cleanup event) on April 6th. Its refreshing to see so many adults and children give up their Saturday morning to help keep our community beautiful.
As our weather warms, we will also start to see more rain. More rain and milder temperatures here in the south means mosquitos. In Fountain Inn, we have a pretty aggressive Mosquito Action Plan in which our Clemson University Department of Pesticide Regulation certified employees spray on a regular basis throughout the spring, summer, and fall. However, the best way to control mosquito borne diseases is prevention. Insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirted & long pants, staying in places with air conditioning or window/door screens, and removing standing water around your home are the absolute best ways to prevents mosquito bites. Mosquitos develop in water that stands for more than five days. To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, eliminate all standing water and debris.
Spring also means Downtown Fountain Inn comes out of its shell with our events. The 13th Annual Cornbread and Collard Greens Festival with Blues Legend Mac Arnold will be in Downtown Fountain Inn April 25-27; our weekly Farmer’s Market starts on May 18th from 8:00 a.m. – Noon; Bluegrass in Commerce Park starts on May 9th; and our wing and bbq competition, Wingin’ Out on Main, will be May 31-June 1. Also, be on the lookout for some new businesses opening up in downtown, as well as, work starting on the downtown splash pad.
The Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce, the Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Center for Community Services have teamed up to host a job fair on May 30th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Fountain Inn Activities Center.
Shawn Bell is the City Administrator of Fountain Inn. For more information, go to www.fountaininn.org, call 864-862-4421, or email email@example.com.