On March 5, 2016 Keep Pearland Beautiful coordinated the annual Community Appearance Index, one of the requirements to maintain its affiliation with Keep America Beautiful. Riding around the city in a van, a team of staff and volunteers scored specific areas to determine the amount of litter in Pearland. They used a scale of one (1) to four (4) with one meaning no litter, two equaling slightly littered, three meaning littered and four being extremely littered. When the survey is finished, the individual scores are averaged to give an overall score. This year Pearland scored a 1.425 changing very little from last year’s score of 1.464. Making Pearland a lightly littered city.
In addition to scoring each area, team members (Andrew Miller, Joe Escobar, Dorman Davidson, Fay Watson, Delores & Garvis Fenwick, Janet Eastburn and Helen Beckman) wrote down notable conditions in each area, such as discarded tires, junk vehicles, high weeds, etc. Keep Pearland Beautiful uses this information to determine areas that need special attention by community cleanup groups or community service workers. KPB also scored two different indices one for bandit signs and one for graffiti. The bandit sign index was slightly higher than last year 1.56 versus 1.22. Indicating to KPB staff the need to help update and recruit volunteers for the Eyes of Pearland.
Volunteers with the Eyes of Pearland assist City Code Enforcement officers by providing information about city codes violations through windshield surveys. As a volunteer with this code compliance assistance program, you will help us protect the value of homes and quality of life in the community by inspecting neighborhoods and the surrounding areas. You will help us uphold community standards in the following areas:
Removal of illegal signs from public right-of-ways and the identification of banners without permits
Weeds or overgrown vegetation, which are health hazards and harbor pests
Junked vehicles to the police department to reduce neighborhood blight
Trash violations and solid waste being placed out for collection too early
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer with Eyes of Pearland please send KPB an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will notify you when the next Eyes of Pearland volunteer orientation is scheduled.
Because people tend to litter where trash has already accumulated, KPB believes it is important to have periodic community cleanups such as the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off, scheduled for April 2 at 7:30 a.m. For more information about all Keep Pearland Beautiful litter prevention programs send us an email at email@example.com or call the office at 281-652-1659.