Committee schedules Clean Sweep for June

May 9, 2013

The next neighborhood cleanup project has been set for June 1 after the Citizens for a Clean Sedalia Committee met Wednesday.

Last month, the committee and city staff hosted a cleanup day on the east side of town, using volunteers to pick up trash and yard debris from homes and streets. Some administrative changes will be made during the next cleanup in order to streamline the efforts and to make sure cleaning efforts are as efficient as possible.

The committee, with input from city staff, settled on an 8 a.m. start time on June 1 and to focus work on the residential areas on Kentucky Avenue to Grand Avenue, Broadway Boulevard to Main Street.

“That’s a huge area,” said committee member Pete Sublett. “I thought we were going to make the cleanup area smaller after the first one?”

“That area has about 300 residents, but there aren’t empty fields or very large problem residences,” said community development director John Simmons. “We think with the volunteers we’re expecting, it shouldn’t take us too much longer than last time.”

Simmons added that there are several churches within the area and he would be putting notices in church bulletins to encourage volunteers, something the committee liked.

“I think it’s important to get volunteers who live right in that area,” said committee chair Mary Merritt. “From the very first night we met as a committee, we wanted to develop pride in our neighborhood and city. That’s what we were striving for. By including local volunteers, we’re helping that along.”

The committee also OK’d another major change for the cleanup effort — it’s name. Simmons said the city had received numerous calls from residents thinking the neighborhood cleanup held in April was the city’s annual city-wide spring cleanup.

“With the purchase of the public works department’s grapple truck, we’re now doing a pickup-on-demand service for those bulk items and not having the spring and fall cleanups,” he said. “So we decided we needed to distinguish this event with a specific name.”

The committee decided on naming each cleanup after the neighborhood it would be tackling — the June project will be called the “Central Neighborhood Clean Sweep” for its downtown-central location.

The committee will discuss the Central Neighborhood Clean Sweep project further at its next meeting on May 23.