Archive for Thursday, June 15, 2006

City cleanup set for Saturday

June 15, 2006

In addition to what else is going on the Baldwin City this weekend, there's also an old standby -- city-wide cleanup.

"It's a public service back to the community," said Tina Rakes, city code enforcement. "Last year we had a lot of supportive comments from the community about it.

"They used to do this periodically, but when we brought it back up last year, the city administrator (Jeff Dingman) said he'd like to see us continue with it, so we are," said Rakes.

This year's version of the cleanup is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1100 Orange Street. City personnel will be on hand to accept almost anything residents are wanting to discard. Almost.

What will be accepted are: limbs and yard waste; trash and debris not picked up on regular schedule; and recyclable metals and appliances. What won't be accepted are: hazardous waste; commercial waste; contractor dumping; or tires.

One of the reasons for the clean up is the distance involved for Baldwin residents to take trash and other items to the Douglas County Landfill or the Franklin County Landfill. Both are good distances away.

"It's a good avenue for people to take things because of our proximity to landfills," she said. "We're encouraging people to beautify the city and that starts with their yard."

Helpful contacts for other items include: Douglas County Hazardous Waste Program, (785) 839-3030; Ottawa Sanitation, 800-788-3500; The Kidney Foundation (for vehicle donation, must have clear title), 800-488-9977; Maple Leaf Tire (accepting tires for a small fee), 594-6969; and 19th and Haskell Recycle-Bargain Center, (785) 865-3730.

Seniors or disabled citizens needing assistance or anyone having questions can call public works at 594-6907.

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