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Posted on September 7, 2018 at 3:17 PM by Darren Musselwhite

I need help!

State law prohibits a governmental entity from expending public resources on private property with very few, rare exceptions.  As we’ve pushed with the priority of making Southaven a more attractive place to live, we’ve faced the challenge created by the lack of maintenance of common areas for residential subdivisions that no longer have a valid, functioning homeowners association.  The City has made changes with planning and development requirements for future developments to prevent this problem, but we are still left with the problem of existing areas.  This is the reason for creating one of our major arms of our Serve Southaven volunteer outreach program.  We’ve had many volunteer for beautification efforts and we are very grateful for the excellent jobs that have been done, but the ongoing challenge of these common areas, and specifically, maintenance of the subdivision entrances needs ongoing help from volunteers.

Recently, I discussed my plan for an ongoing adoption of these areas with Tracy Gallagher, our Serve Southaven Director, and she brilliantly named the program and set it in motion. We are simply asking for any individual or entity to volunteer to “Adopt-A-Spot” and improve the look of our city by maintaining these subdivision entrances.  The effort may be as simple as just trimming the bushes and weed-eating in and around the flower beds for 10 minutes every other week during the growing season.  Serve Southaven would like to express gratitude and commendation for these efforts with a small sign at the location naming the volunteer.  We would also respect anonymity, if preferred.

Subdivision entrances that need help are as follows:

Shelburne Estates (Getwell Road)

The Grove at Central Park (2 entrances on Tchulahoma)

Brentwood Farms (Northern entrance on Tchulahoma)

The Highlands at North Creek (Stateline Road West)

If you can help, please contact Tracy at  If you can only help for one season, that’s OK.  You can borrow my hedge-trimmer and weed-eater!