Arnold schedules fall cleanup for city residents
Arnold residents with things they don’t want but can’t get rid of will have a chance to clean house early next month.
The city will hold its fall cleanup event Oct. 5. It will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Third Avenue at 18th Street, with entry from Drey Street.
Sponsored by the city, the cleanup is held twice a year, in May and October.
In May, six large Dumpsters and two small ones were filled, city Councilwoman Debbie Vernon said.
“We were so happy to see that. We’re hoping it’s just as successful in October,” she said. “It’s a good way to get rid of things you have had sitting around.”
The cleanup is limited to Arnold residents and identification will be required, Vernon said. While the cleanup is unlimited for residents, landlords who own property in Arnold will be limited to two truckloads per address. If landlords have more, they will be charged by the truckload, with the fee varying based on size.
Electronics, including televisions, will be accepted with no fee charged, but Vernon said they will ask for donations to help cover the cost of transporting them for disposal.
“Just a small donation is greatly appreciated,” she said.
A fee will be charged for tires, starting at $2 for those from cars and pickups.
Anything hazardous will not be accepted, nor will paint, oil and appliances containing refrigerant. Appliances tagged as being free of refrigerant will be taken.
Residents who can’t bring items to the collection site can arrange for pickup by calling city hall before Oct. 5, Vernon said.
Volunteers are being sought; those interested are asked to call city hall.
“The more volunteers we can get, the better because it’s our city. It’s our city to be proud of, to take care of — and that is what we want,” Vernon said. “Revitalization is going to begin with this.”
If there are enough volunteers and the weather is good, Vernon said they’ll also head out into the city to pick up trash.
“This is something we’re starting to get a handle on,” she said. “The blight problem hasn’t happened overnight. We’re doing everything we can to pick it up. Things are working really well with code enforcement and the streets department to get a handle on the alleys and a lot of the problems. People are becoming more aware and taking pride in their community. We’re happy and thankful to see that.”
Bags and gloves will be provided for volunteers, as will a lunch, she said.
“We find it’s good for any students who need community service hours,” Vernon said. “We’re more than willing to document that they did volunteer.”
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .