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Folksville USA Thanks Candidate for Support

Sedona AZ (July 30, 2012) – Gary Chamberlain, Folksville USA spokesman, writes in a SedonaEye.com Letter to the Editor:

Dear Mr. John McReynolds, District 2 County Supervisor Candidate:

As the “Point Man” for Folksville USA, I wish to thank you for your contribution to the $10 per bag effort being promoted on both sides of the Mingus Mountains.

Folksville USA is thanking you since we have a policy to not endorse any candidate, but we will always say “thank you” to those that support the mission to restore the beauty to Arizona’s and America’s highways. Litter abatement should not be political, it should be cultural and a matter of civic responsibility and pride.

All residents and leaders of Arizona need to realize that the trash others see, as they drive through our communities and our state, will determine whether they vacation here, move here, purchase our empty homes or bring businesses with job opportunities.

We all must come together on this highway litter issue. Resolving this issue will give us an opportunity to work together to make Arizona a place we can all enjoy to the fullest.

Thank you, Mr. McReynolds.

Gary Chamberlain, Folksville USA Point Man

On August 18, 2012 join Arizona’s best litter picker-uppers for the next Folksville USA event. Invite your friends, neighbors, and out-of-town visitors are welcome for this fun and necessary civic volunteer effort. Email Gary at FolksvilleUSA@gmail.com or call 928-202-1186 today to learn how you can get involved. Donations are welcome if you cannot physically attend – we’ll do the lifting for you!
Gary Chamberlain
“Point Man” FVUSA
Folksville Restoring the Beauty to America

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  1. This information was taken from ADOT’s Adopt-A-Highway web site on May 26, 2012:

    Volunteer groups – adopt a two mile section along available State, Interstate, or United States highway. Groups sign up by completing a two year permit application. We generally ask that groups perform cleanups three to four times each year. Members of the Adopt a Highway Volunteer Program should be volunteers and not paid to pick up litter. Groups can partner with other volunteer groups, but may not pay another group or company to pick up litter.

    ADOT will provide safety training, trash bags, and two signs to be used at each end of the adopted section. Signs will ONLY be installed once a cleanup activity is completed. If safety vests are not available from ADOT, the volunteer group must purchase them. Washable safety vests can be obtained from local vendors. More information about becoming an Adopt a Highway volunteer can be found under the Volunteer link in the left hand navigation menu.


    Three to four times per means that each group commits approximately 9-12 hours per year in exchange for a sign with the Volunteer Groups name shown, two steel posts to hold the sign, two holes dug in the ground for the two posts, concrete to secure the two sign posts, a asset tag on each group sign for monitoring the signs, the guarantee and contract that each volunteer group signs that their volunteer groups will honor their commitment to the tax payer funded program which is to be managed by Arizona ADOT employees that the volunteer groups honor their commitment.

    What is the Governor’s and Director of ADOT’s position on this?

    My question to both of them is this, “Is 9 hours per year for two signs too much to ask for from our ADOT Adopt-A-Highway groups? Are the nine Arizona District ADOT Adopt-A-Highway Permit writers and our Arizona Adopt-A-Highway Program Coordinators doing their job to see that this program is being enforced or are just wasting more taxpayer dollars?”

    Don’t even get me started on why ADOT is putting up newly designed, two panel Adopt-A-Highway signs that highlight ADOT’s logo and minimize the name of the group that is actually picking up the trash and whose name you can’t even read at 20 mph on a bike …. Go figure! BET YOU DIDN’T REALIZE HOW INEFFICIENT ADOT ADOPT A HIGHWAY PROGRAM IS, DID YOU?

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