Somebody's been messin' with Texas!

To raise public awareness of the litter problem, KCB will be presenting Green Award signs to businesses along the main corridors, that consistently keep their locations litter free. KCB members will be partnering with Main Street to help raise the level of concern about litter in the foot traffic throughout the Historic District. KCB appreciates the proactive approach of the City of Cuero and Cuero Development Corporation have recently taken. The members hope that with the continued help of our project partners, Chamber of Commerce, and citizens of Cuero, we can reduce litter, which breeds unlawful behavior, lowers property values, and discourages tourism and economic development. We thank those who are helping Cuero become a cleaner, green community. Visit keepcuerobeautiful.org to learn more. KCB conducted a Keep America Beautiful Litter Survey in 2011. There was a small amount of litter near fast food businesses and HEB. With the coming of the Eagleford Shale Oil and Gas exploration and production, litter has become a major concern.

This littering has been devastating both in town and along the lanes and byways formerly covered in a myriad of Texas wildflowers. Styrofoam and paper food containers, cups, napkins fill the ditches, hang on fences and paint a sorrow picture of what was pristine landscapes. Churches and civic clubs pick up the litter quarterly, but as fast as the roadside is cleaned..more litter takes its place. The next survey will take place in April.

During the Great American Cleanup, the City of Cuero has a Spring City-Wide Cleanup to collect brush, cast-off furniture and other household items. The City crews recently cleaned the area behind the Velaro Station adjacent to WalMart. KCB is still working toward finding a solution to the litter problem.

Between March 1 and May 31, KCB participates in a "Don't Mess with Texas" highway cleanup and a Texas Waterways Cleanup and the Great American Cleanup.

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Do strangers driving through Cuero see an inviting place to stop, shop, eat, and do potential investors see an attractive environment in which to locate a business? Curb appeal has the power to attract tourists, shoppers, and business owners. Happily, for the most part Cuero's positive curb appeal lies in the fact that the majority of businesses along the major traffic arteries are well-maintained. Keep Cuero Beautiful has recognized the medical facilities, banks, City and County, schools, and various commercial locations with Blue Ribbon Award signs. However, hot spots of litter do mar the landscape especially around fast food franchises, loading docks, commercial dumpsters, and large parking areas where drinks, food and snacks are sold.

KCB awards outstanding residential landscaping in Districts 1 and 2 as well as Districts 3 and 4. These awards are presented to citizens who consistently keep their lawns, shrubs, trees, and curbs manicured. Keep Cuero Beautiful is an affiliate of both Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful and as such is tasked with conducting an annual litter survey. May 1, 2013, KCB surveyed the neighborhoods of the four political districts as well as medical and school campuses, properties of the City of Cuero and DeWitt Country, and the various commercial districts. Litter includes the following: plastic bags, Styrofoam, paper, aluminum cans, cardboard, old tires, cigarette butts, brush and discarded furniture.

The system KCB used scores areas with No Litter 1, Slightly Littered (under 10 pieces) 2, Littered (10-20 pieces) 3, and Extremely Littered (20+ pieces) 4. In many residential neighborhoods piles of brush, overgrown lots and storm drains, dilapidated structures, old vehicles, and overflow from commercial sites affected residential scores. The overall litter index for 2013 was 3.2, an increase of 1.4 above the 2010 index. Anyone who has driven around town can probably explain why. A traffic survey in late 2011 showed that traffic had increased three fold primarily due to the oil and gas exploration and production and transient populations.

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