Brad Deal told The Brazil Times he plans to go to each home in Ward 1 -- which he represents on the Common Council of the City of Brazil -- to pass out flyers and speak to residents about his ward's clean-up day, which is set for Saturday, Oct. 3.
"I spent a couple days walking each of the streets in my ward counting houses and making notes on the main areas which need attention," Deal said in reference to the approximately 700 houses in Ward 1. "There is a saying that to be a success, you have to make your own success, which is what we are trying to do."
Deal added he is encouraged by the increased interest from residents in the clean-up days and hopes the amount of volunteers continues to grow.
"It would be great if this inspired people to become community leaders and continue to take charge of progressing the effort to beautify the city," he said.
In addition to passing out flyers in Ward 1, Deal said he plans to drop some off at Northview High School so students who are interested in serving the community will also have a chance to volunteer.
"There are organizations, like National Honor Society, which make community service a priority and they, along with the entire student population, should have the chance to volunteer as well," Deal told The Brazil Times. "But, as always, we also encourage other residents, churches, local businesses and civil organizations to come out and make the clean-up events even more successful."
Deal said a couple of mowers would be available, if needed, but he is hoping for support similar to what fellow council member Steve Lamb (Ward 3) had during his clean-up day on Aug. 29.
"Steve had a couple people driving trucks up and down the streets to pick up the bags and heavier trash items," Deal said. "I'm hoping a few people will volunteer to do the same thing in Ward 1 that way we can have a truck or two running north and south, with others going east and west to make for a more efficient clean-up effort."
As with previous clean-up days, water will be made available to volunteers along with trash bags and gloves from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District. Plus, those with a physical or financial hardship who would like assistance in cleaning their yard must notify the city before the event, as volunteers may not enter onto private residences without permission from the owner.
Deal added Wallace Bros., Inc. will provide dumpsters for the trash and said residents who are not volunteering, but plan to clean up their own yard, can set trash bags near the curb and they will be picked up.
"If we work together as a community, we can make the city look nicer," he said. "I am hoping for a good turnout because I believe the people of Brazil want to see things become better."
The Ward 1 clean-up day will be 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 3, and volunteers are asked to meeting the East Side Elementary School parking lot at the beginning of the event to pick up bags and supplies.
Those wanting to volunteer or request yard work to be done are asked to contact City Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens at 446-0050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.