eMacomb - Featured Article, Fall 2011
Drive anywhere in the county and you will see them – Adopt-a-County Road signs recognizing the names of volunteers who have been cleaning that particular mile of roadway. Businesses, families, social and civic organizations all are helping to keep the landscape a little cleaner for all of us. They are participating in the 1,000 mile challenge issued by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel to the residents of Macomb County. Nearly 500 signs have been posted already. You can have one, too.
Choosing your mile of road is easy with the interactive map provided by the Department of Planning and Economic Development’s Geographic Information Services. Just search the map for the available road segments that are color-coded for easy identification. Road segments marked in red are already adopted, but the green ones can be yours.
Application forms are available online or by mail. Just submit the information about your organization or cause, and indicate which mile you would like to adopt. You will get a timely response from the Macomb County Department of Roads.
The guidelines of the Adopt-a-County Road program ask that you and your crew commit to having two clean-up outings per year on your chosen road to pick up the litter. Safety guidelines for your group are provided in the online brochure. All safety necessities will be provided for your crew, from the orange cones to alert drivers of your activity, to safety vests for each crew member to wear. Trash bags will also be provided for the day of your clean-up.
Any and all questions can be readily answered by checking the Frequently Asked Questions page on the website. Participating in Adopt-a-County Road will help keep our community a nicer place to live and work. With a little effort and cooperation our community’s landscape can sparkle.