Posted on 17 April 2015.
By Judy Reed
The annual Cedar Creek cleanup is returning this year but in a different format.
The cleanup, which normally takes place on a Saturday near Earth Day, was put on the back burner earlier this year, due to the vacancy of the administrative assistant position, according to City Manager Thad Taylor. Rich Pajak, the former admin assistant, used to handle the clean up, but he is now retired.
The Post, not wanting to see the project fall by the wayside, contacted the Community Building Development Team, to see if it was something they would consider. Carolee Cole, of the CBDT, spoke with Julie Wheeler, of Independent Bank, and the two of them met with City Manager Thad Taylor on Monday to work out some details.
“We are going to do this and very willing to partner with these organizations,” said Taylor. “The City just couldn’t do it on its own.”
Taylor said that they are looking for community organizations or groups, and individuals that would be responsible for cleaning up certain areas of town. “We have identified approximately nine areas we can put people in,” explained Taylor. “And if we need to, we can find more.”
And since Saturdays didn’t seem to work out well, this year’s cleanup will cover a period of five days—May 11-15. “This gives more flexibility to the group to get it done,” explained Taylor.
He said the city would have some equipment, including garbage bags, a limited number of brightly colored shoulder bags, grippers, and safety vests for volunteers.
Taylor is also checking to see if they can get an e-waste trailer, as they have done in the past.
Any groups or individuals who would like to volunteer should contact Taylor at 696-1330, extension 104.