It's springtime and that means the City of Fort Scott will be adminsitering two annual citywide clean up programs next month.
The city will be providing its annual Spring Cleanup program throughout the month of May.
Residents who live south of Sixth Street can place discarded items at their curb, April 30 to May 4. No items should be placed at the curb after May 4. Public Works crews will start hauling off the items, May 5. Residents who live north of Sixth Street can place items at the curb, May 7 to 11. No items should be placed at the curb after May 11, and city workers will start pick up on May 12.
Crews will be picking up items from 7 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Workers will begin at the south end of Fort Scott and then work their way north. Once they have gone through a certain section of Fort Scott, they will not return for additional pick-ups.
Items not accepted are whole trees, tree trunks or limbs over eight inches in diameter, household trash, tires, batteries, commerical construction materials, hazardous chemicals, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and paint containers.
Items that will be accepted are white goods like washers, dryers, dishwashers and hot water tanks, metal items, furnature, TVs, and brush and limbs if cut in 4 foot sections. The brush must be properly bundled and stacked seperately from other items to be discarded. Leaves will also be accepted but must be bagged and stacked seperately from other items to be discarded.
The second program is the 2008 Clean Sweep. It was started two years ago by then codes director Brent Crays. The Clean Sweep program isn't connected in anyway to the spring cleanup initiave.
Clean Sweep combines community involvement by volunteers and city staff to cleanup areas of Fort Scott. Headed by the codes department, the program aims at giving volunteers the chance to get involved by picking up trash scattered through the community.
Currently, five to six people have signed up for the program, assistant codes officer Andrea Ramm said. But, they're hoping to get more citizens to pitch in and help.
The volunteers will walk streets, sidewalks and alleys of each block in Fort Scott, collecting trash and debris in trash bags.
It will run the entire month of May. And the volunteers will scour the entire town, not just random sections, Ramm said.
There's no deadline for voluneteers. Since it will be taking place throughout the month, people can sign up and work anytime they want, she said.
"It's up to them. If they want to do it on the weekends or evenings. Whenever they want," Ramm said. "Just as long as they call us first to make sure we don't have duplicate coverage."
The city will provide trash bags and neon green shirts for volunteers. Public Works will pick up the filled trash bags.
To become a part of Clean Sweep, call City Hall at (620) 223-0550. For any questions about the citywide cleanup program, please call Public Works at (620) 223-4360.