City cleanup

A total of 290 volunteers from churches, civic groups, businesses and neighbors are planning to work on 75 different community service projects during “Make a Difference Week” on Sept. 21.

These projects will occur in the neighborhoods bound by Buckeye Avenue to Brady Street between N.E. Seventh and N.E. Third and Cedar Street to Mud Creek between N.W. Third and N.W. Seventh. (See map for locations.)

Volunteers will sweep through alleys and along streets removing vegetation, debris and articles left in the public right-of-way in the designated areas. The plan is for areas of focus to rotate each year.

This program is new to the city’s “Clean Up Week,” and due to the availability of dumpsters throughout the community for “Make A Difference Week” the city is inviting everyone to bring big junk to the dumpsters.

The Public Works Department will not be making curbside collections, but the Public Works Department is adding collection of metal and brush at the City Yard on South Cherry Street.

There will be six dumpsters located at the following locations for collection:

• N.W. Fifth and Elm Street;

• N.E. Fourth and Olive Street;

• N.E. Sixth and Brown Street;

• West Water Tower at N.W. 4th and Van Buren Streets;

• S.W. Sixth Street near S. Cedar;

• Triangle Park at Charles Road and Park Avenue; and

• The City Yard on South Cherry Street will accept brush and metal between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the week.

Dumping tires, household hazardous waste such as paints and solvents, asbestos, electronic devices and household trash in the dumpsters will not be allowed.

The city hopes this program becomes an annual celebration of neighbors helping neighbors, and since it is a new program, the organizers expect some challenge. For instance, I incorrectly reported curb-side service would be available this year but it will not.

I apologize for the confusion, and the city is exploring the possibility of engaging more civic organizations to bring that service back in future years.

With some patience, a little effort, and some neighborly caring, this week promises to make a positive impact in our community.

A volunteer appreciation picnic is planned from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Venue on Broadway.

To volunteer, stop by the volunteer headquarters at The Venue on Broadway, 303 Broadway, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday.

For more information on Make A Difference Week contact me at (785) 263-2355 or send email to

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