Community service helps keep Milam clean
David Barkemeyer
Milam County Judge

A bout 8 a.m. one cold ,rainy Saturday some 20 persons, who will remain unnamed, arrived on the scene at the parking lot of the VFW hall on US 190/ Texas 36 just outside of Cameron.

The highway was strewn with trash for several miles each way by travelers, both local and passthroughs, who have little regard for the looks of our community or the cost of keeping it clean.

Part of the early morning group were members of a civic club whose motto is “service above self” and who have committed to TxDOT to periodically come out and pick up the trash tossed out by the thoughtless passers by.

Another part of the group were Boy Scouts led, by the way, by a lady scoutmaster, a fine group that will some day be leaders in ours and other communities throughout our great country, great because of people like these, they’re here to perform “community service” hours, not hesitating to get out at the crack of dawn on a holiday weekend on a cold rainy morning.

A lso in the group was the young daughter of one of our members who I worked along side, she easily picked up three times as much trash as I, such enthusiasm! Another helper was a house guest of a member visiting from England. I asked him what he thought of us crazy Americans.

Fnally there were two that were working off community service hours assigned by the County Judge in lieu of jail time for misdemeanors committed.

They were two of about a dozen that Polly Hauk, our Community Service Officer, had asked to come out to help. For various excuses the others couldn’t be bothered.

Some of those I’ll most likely be seeing in court soon if their probation conditions are not completed satisfactorily. Maybe some time in the county jail will improve their sense of urgency.

At any rate please know that there are people who care, who take pride in Milam County, our home.

I want to thank all of you who came out Saturday morning and those of you who perform community service at other times as well, who help keep Milam County clean.

And I would also like to thank those of you that don’t throw your trash out the window of your car.

A special note to you probationers, like the two of you that came out Saturday morning, who take your community service time seriously, we salute you for trying to get your life back on the right track.

As your County Judge, I’ll do what I can to help you if I see that you are trying to help yourself.

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