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April 21, 2014

Clean-Up Day service project will spruce up city of Clinton

CLINTON Spring is finally here but with it's arrival it has revealed an unsightly truth in downtown Clinton -- a lot of trash littered on the city streets.

In an attempt to reduce the amount of trash, elected officials, city staff and volunteers will participate in the annual Clinton Community Clean-Up Day.

The purpose is to not only clean up the trash left behind by a snow-ridden winter, but to also beautify the city through community service.

"There's trash all throughout town but we're going to focus on those harder-to- reach places," City Administrator Jessica Kinser said. "We're not really organizing a whole community wide cleanup but we do encourage others to clean up around their own neighborhoods."

The small group of officials and city employees will gather on Saturday near City Hall and will be separated into teams of two or three volunteers. They will then split up throughout town, each with their own project area to focus on.

Ward 4 councilman Paul Gassman participated in last year's cleanup, as well as many before, and said he likes to work on areas that are heavily traveled.

"There's a lot of areas that people park on or travel heavily on that end up with a lot more trash than other areas," he said. "Chief (Brian) Guy, myself and (John) Rowland worked on the ADM side of Liberty Avenue, where all the construction guys would have their lunches and we ended up filling a whole shopping cart with trash."

While Gassman enjoys taking part in the cleanup each year, he also feels a more concerted effort should be given to get more of the community involved with participating.

Even if it is just a group coming together to clean up the city's parks or the Discovery Trail, he'd like to see more residents getting involved.

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