ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Crime and trash seemed to be taking over a Northwest Moultrie neighborhood, but neighbors and the city are changing that.
The city is sponsoring a Beautification Contest.
With a coat of paint and some landscaping, participants could earn some money as they make their community a better place to live.
Marie Marks lives on 5th Avenue N. W. in Moultrie.
She's been gone for almost thirty yeas and is now back in Moultrie, and is working to keep her yard and home looking good.
"When I came back to Moultrie I was somewhat sad, there were a lot of abandoned houses it just wasn't the same as when I left in 1980," said Marie Marks, Homeowner.
Every day she sees the abandoned houses and empty lots that surround her home.
She hopes the city's beautification contest will help clean up the neighborhood.
"This is a pilot project and we're gearing this to the N. W. Moultrie area, and so far we've had a lot of positive feedback," said Mike Scott, Moultrie City Manager.
Something the city says the community asked for during community meetings.
"I received the flyer and thought that it was a wonderful thing, not just for myself but for the neighborhood because it was kind of disappointing when I got here," said Marks.
"Cutting lawns, fixing a window, fences thing like that just clean up, fix up, you don't have to spend a lot of money to be involved in this contest," said Scott.
There's more than $2,000 in prize money up for grabs for those who enter the contest.
The city has cleaned up some illegal dumping areas, the fire department is painting the fire hydrants, and public works has been involved in getting some lots cleaned, which also helps get rid of crime.
"By cleaning up these yards, cleaning up these neighborhoods we eliminate that and for them to conduct heir business the have to go elsewhere," said Captain Gary Casteloes, Moultrie Police Department.
People in northwest Moultrie have until the end of August to apply for the contest, and until September 30th to finish sprucing up.
"It seems to me that our neighborhood needs a shot in the arm, a little more incentive to take pride in our own neighborhood and to do something to beautify our neighborhood and to take it back,"
The city also has several sponsors who are donating gift certificates, and coupons for paint and other materials.
The first place winner in Northwest Moultrie will receive $1,000.