By CHARLES OWENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
City officials are once again planning a “clean sweep” of area neighborhoods and streets in Bluefield with the goal of removing unwanted trash and debris.
The city is expanding its popular Project Clean Sweep campaign this year, which gets underway on April 22 and continues through May 16, according to City Manager Jim Ferguson. As in past years, the city will be divided into four zones, and city crews will pick up debris free of charge during a designated time period. The trash removal is open only to city residents and businesses.
“We are upgrading this year’s Clean Sweep from years past,” Ferguson said. “I remember my mother saying company is coming, and we need to try and make everything nice. So company is coming to Bluefield and everyone needs to take pride and see that our city looks its best.”
Ferguson said city crews will be picking up lawn debris, brush, washers, ranges (or old ovens), dryers and scrap metal this year. Items that city crews won’t be picking up include hazardous materials, including batteries, solvents, oil or fuel, as well as tires, refrigerator-type appliances, televisions and computers. Construction or demolition debris also will not be removed.
“We want to encourage and enable our residents to clean up their homes, yards and neighborhoods,” Ferguson said. “The (Bluefield) Board of Directors also hope residents will take this opportunity to work together to clean curbs, roadsides and even neighboring properties of trash and debris. This project is a significant expense to our budget, but we still want to offer this free pick up opportunity to our citizens.”
The scheduled Clean Sweep zones include:
• Zone 1 — North side and sections of the west end from Chestnut Street to Carolina Avenue, west along Bluefield Avenue to the Virginia line — April 22 through April 25.
• Zone 2 — Along Princeton Avenue, and the east side of Bland Street to the north side of Cumberland Road., east to and along Grassy Branch Road — April 29 through May 2.
• Zone 3 — South side of Cumberland Road, along U.S. Route 460 and East Cumberland Heights — May 6 through May 9.
• Zone 4 — South Mercer area, downtown area, west side of Bland Street to West Cumberland Road, Washington Street Extension to Route 460 and west to the Virginia state line — May 13 through May 16.
Items to be removed during the designated weeks must be placed in a regular trash pick-up location. Residents are asked to place all of the items outside at the same time so that city crews won’t have to make multiple stops at the same location. Ferguson said residents also are asked not to place any items out for pick up prior to the Sunday evening of the week designated for their neighborhood. All items to be removed also must be placed outside no later than 8 a.m. on the Thursday of the week designated for a specific neighborhood.
Ferguson said local citizen volunteers; civic groups and organizations also are encouraged to adopt sections of the city to clean up. Anyone who is interested in adopting a specific neighborhood or area is asked to contact Angie Foley at city hall at 304-327-2401.
After the campaign ends, Ferguson said city code enforcement personnel will check each neighborhood on a regular basis and issue citations to property owners or occupants who violate trash and debris ordinances.
“Project Clean Sweep offers an excellent opportunity to avoid citation for trash and debris violations,” Ferguson said. “The citations to city court could result in fines or community service penalties, as well as costs for cleanup of their property.”
— Contact Charles Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org