Time to clean up the city once again


It’s that time of the year when we need to polish our apple for ourselves and our many visitors who will soon be driving and walking up and down our city streets. The annual city cleanup days are scheduled for this Friday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There was an ad in last week’s edition which also runs in today’s newspaper as a reminder.

Once again, there will be no charge to city residents who haul their trash to the transfer station at the east end of town. Residents will have to provide a residential city utility billing statement receipt at the transfer station in order to drop off their trash.

All types of waste are accepted at the site with the exception of hazardous materials such as liquid paint, anti-freeze and herbicides. The transfer station does charge $60 for appliances containing freon, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, unless they have proof that the freon has been removed by a certified technician. No tires will be accepted.

For all the years we have been here, commercial accounts have not been allowed free access to the transfer station. Maybe this is because in the past some businesses have abused the free hauling days by dumping large amounts of construction materials at the site. This could be alleviated by allowing a maximum of a pickup load of trash to be dumped by a commercial account holder.

It seems that the people who pay the most real estate taxes in the city are denied a small benefit available to all residential property owners on these two cleanup days in early May. Maybe this policy could be modified or changed sometime in the future. At least we would like to see some discussion by city officials on this matter.

The old dump site at the intersection of Sylvan Lake Road and Willow Creek Road will accept loose yard waste. The yard waste should not be placed in plastic bags.

Assistance is available for the elderly or disabled who should call city hall to make arrangements. In case of inclement weather cleanup day may be postponed to the next weekend.

Let’s take advantage of these free dumping days by cleaning up around your residential property. We’ll try to do our best in the commercial areas of the city, which will soon be frequented by thousands of visitors from around the country and world.

Let’s all pitch in to put a bright shine on our wonderful apple!