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City schedules clean-up day

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The City of Brazil has chosen the location for its next clean-up day.

Brazil City Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens told The Brazil Times city clean-up efforts will be focused on Ward 3 Saturday.

"To garner some more interest in cleaning up the city, we are encouraging individuals and groups to pre-register," Gibbens said. "On Friday, we will be asking those who have registered to come by City Hall to pick up gloves and trash bags."

This is the second centralized clean-up day the city has scheduled this summer. Ward 2 was the focus of the first day on June 20.

One change this time around is that the efforts will be solely on trash.

"It is difficult to get enough people out there to split the focus on both picking up trash and mowing lawns," Gibbens said.

Although volunteer participation was limited in Ward 2, Gibbens said she is trying to encourage residents and civic groups to take an active approach.

"I have contacted many churches in the area and various groups including Boy Scout troops," she said. "There has been some positive feedback so far, and we should know about possible volunteers from groups this week."

Amidst the high heat and humidity of the summer months, the starting time for the clean-up days has also been changed.

"We received some comments that it was too hot and humid to start at 11 a.m.," Gibbens said. "For this one, we plan to start at 8 a.m., to hopefully avoid the heat of the middle of the day."

Gibbens add she has received confirmation water will be donated and passed out as the day goes on.

"There is a member of the Chamber of Commerce donating water, and we may get more from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District, who also donated water last time," she said. "We will have people out driving trucks around to pick up the bags of trash and hand out water."

Those participating will be asked to leave full bags of trash by the street for the trucks to pick up.

Gibbens also said individuals who contact her office to register to volunteer will be organized into groups and sent to specific areas of Ward 3 to start clean-ups.

"However, if we run into the situation where there are no volunteers, we may postpone the clean-up day to a different Saturday, possibly in August," she said.

The boundaries of Ward 3 are Sherman Street on the north side of United States 40 and Forest Avenue on the south side, each expanding west to the corporate limits of the city.

To pre-register as a volunteer for the clean-up day, contact Stacy Gibbens at 446-0050 or stacyg@brazil.in.gov.

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FYI - Call the CCJC, they have a good head count that can participate, make them get out of their airconditioned free roaming cells with games and televisions. I am sure Sheriff Mike Heaton will volunteer them. You use to always see the inmates out on the highways and roadways picking up trash and etc. You don't see it as much these days though, probably due to too many bleeding hearts in society. You should be able to get all the help you need from one place, CCJC.

-- Posted by Inqtono15 on Mon, Jul 13, 2009, at 12:02 PM

I think having the inmates out doing this is a great idea!!! I also feel that as this project moves from ward to ward the residents of each ward who are recieving food stamps, welfare, etc... should be REQUIRED to donate a few hours to this effort.

-- Posted by IHMagnum on Mon, Jul 13, 2009, at 2:41 PM

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