To the Editor:
I am pleased to announce that the appearance of several local residents made the Ward 3 Cleanup Day a huge success.
While the household participation was rather lacking, the support from volunteers was great. We met at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Brazil City garage building and 15 minutes later, there were more than a dozen people there eager to help clean our area.
Strategically placed by Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens, we proceeded to canvass the entire third and sixth precincts in Brazil. This is the largest ward in Brazil.
We filled to overflowing, two large dumpsters furnished by Wallace Trash Disposal. Drinking water was furnished by the Kroger Company and gloves and trash bags donated by the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste Management District. Also giving the city trash bags was Elsie Hawkins, an employee of the planning department.
While we thought we gave plenty of advanced notice, there was disappointedly several areas that obviously needed cleaned, but people either did not call, as requested, refused help or simply ignored this project. We even offered to come and rake people's yards and/or pick up trash, limbs, refuse, etc., for them.
All they had to do was call the planning office or the Mayor's office.
Among those who assisted the residents of Ward 3 were Rev. Olin Strader, Karen Dickerson, Andy Krout, Steven Bryan, Brad Bryan, Stacy Gibbens, Jasen Gibbens, Mayor Bradshaw, Bonnie Wetnight, Steve Wetnight, Stacy Brown and Leo Southworth.
Also, we were assisted by four residents from the House of Hope: Brandon, Seth, Chris and Shawn. Thank you guys.
The remaining wards to be cleaned are Ward 1, the northeast section of Brazil, and Ward 4, the southeast area. The dates for cleanup of these wards will be announced.
Please, citizens of Brazil, cooperate. This is your city.
Ward 3 Councilman