After canceling the Ward 3 clean-up day, initially set for July 18, due to a lack of interest, the city will try again this Saturday.
"We learned that we have to give more notice for something like this because if you let people know only a couple days before, they probably already have their weekend planned," Common Council of the City of Brazil (Ward 3) member Steve Lamb told The Brazil Times. "Right now we have about 20 people who have volunteered to help."
Lamb and City Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens said along with individuals, the House of Hope and other charitable organizations have also expressed interest.
The event will begin at 8 a.m., with interested individuals and groups to meet in the parking lot behind NAPA Auto Parts, 425 W. National Ave., to pick up trash bags and gloves.
"We will be coordinating the volunteers to clean up various sections of the ward," Gibbens said. "That way, things will be organized, and with everyone working together we should be able to finish before noon, which will allow the volunteers to stay out of the heat as much as possible."
Those who have a financial or physical hardship and are unable to do yard work may call to request for their yard to be mowed or cleaned.
"We have a couple of people who are willing to donate mowers if the need should present itself," Gibbens said. "However, we cannot go on someone's property without their permission first, and we will not be mowing yards on properties that have received notices they are in violation of city ordinances regarding trash and grass."
Lamb added even those who are not planning to volunteer on Saturday can do their part.
"I encourage everyone to participate," he said. "Residents may even rake their yards or alleyways, and as long as it is down by the curb where they usually set their trash out, we will pick it up."
Lamb said he and a couple of other volunteers will be driving trucks up and down the streets to pick up trash and heavier items -- excluding "white goods" such as refrigerators -- during the clean-up day.
Gibbens added there will be water provided for volunteers, Wallace Bros, Inc. will set out two large dumpsters and the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District is providing trash bags and gloves for the event.
"We still plan to have other clean-up days in Wards 1 and 4 in the next couple months," she said.
"Even though this is the first year the city is doing this, I am hoping it becomes an ongoing thing which will keep residents motivated to clean up the city," Lamb added.
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 sign up as a volunteer for this or future clean-up days, along with requesting assistance with a specific yard, contact Stacy Gibbens at 446-0050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.