Taking ownership through ‘adoption’ of Cornwall streets

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – A couple who moved to Cornwall a few years ago are credited with spearheading a new program where residents can take a sense of ownership of their local streets.

Rod and Marie-Paule Millard started cleaning up Nick Kaneb Drive after seeing litter in the area and then encouraged others to do the same.

The Millards brought the Adopt-A-Street program idea to a Cornwall environmental committee, where the city said it was well received.

The city has now launched the Adopt-A-Street program and the Millards were one of the first to sign up, taking Nick Kaneb Drive from Marleau Avenue to Holy Cross Boulevard.

Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy said the program builds community pride and will enhance the overall look of the city. “It really is a win-win,” he said.

Under the program, the city supplies training and supplies – such as gloves, reflective safety vests and bags – if residents “adopt” a particular street, sidewalk or park and help keep it clean.

In order to be part of the program, you have to commit to performing a cleanup once a month from April to October.

You can get more information on the Adopt-A-Street program here.

In this April 29, 2016 photo provided by the City of Cornwall, the Millards pick up trash as some of the first members of the Adopt-A-Street program in Cornwall. The city is looking for people to sign up to make the city more beautiful. (City of Cornwall via Newswatch Group)
In this April 29, 2016 photo provided by the City of Cornwall, the Millards pick up trash as some of the first members of the Adopt-A-Street program in Cornwall. The city is looking for people to sign up to make the city more beautiful. (City of Cornwall via Newswatch Group)
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