County-wide cleanup to be held


TAYLOR COUNTY—It is often said that it takes a village and when it comes to bettering the community, that’s no different. After seeing the success of the last clean up event, the Taylor County Commission decided to do their part once more.

According to Taylor County Commissioner Sam Gerkin, after seeing the community come together during the Make It Shine clean up, the commission knew they wanted to plan another county-wide event for people to get rid of their unwanted clutter.

“We began thinking of a good time to hold another event,” he said. “Because the last clean up was held in the spring, they decided to hold their second event this fall.”

With a mission to help keep Taylor County clear of clutter and trash tossed on the side of the roads or dumped illegally, the commission has designated a day to collect unwanted items in dumpsters around the county.

They are welcoming the community to join them on Saturday, November 9, for a Fall Clean Up Day.

“We will have dumpsters set up in three locations throughout the county, so that residents in those areas can properly dispose of their unwanted items,” Gerkin revealed during a Taylor County Commission meeting.

Dumpster will be available at the old Thornton School, the Boothsville Volunteer Fire Department substation and at the Flemington Volunteer Fire Department building.

During the clean up even held this past spring, the dumpsters purchased by the commission filled up rather quickly, so this time around they made a change to try and accommodate more items.

“This time, we will have ordered 30-yard containers, to help alleviate the overflow of trash that we saw last time,” Gerkin revealed. “The three larger dumpsters are being provided by Mountain State Waste and will be costing the commission only $2,025, which includes the cost of overflow.”

The dumpsters will be in place by 9:00 a.m., on Saturday, and residents will be able to utilize them until they are picked up. Dumpsters will be picked up from their locations once full.

“The use of the containers is on a first-come-first-serve basis, and residents are responsible for the proper disposal of their items,” shared Patricia Henderson, Taylor County Commission support staff.

The commission asks that residents do not dispose of tires in the dumpsters.

Gerkin commented that he believed having a fourth dumpster set up within Grafton city limits would be beneficial to their cleanup efforts. However, when the city was contacted, they decided to opt out of the dumpster rental.

City Manager Kevin Stead shared that because the city provides large item pickup through the Public Works Department, they would forgo renting the dumpster.

“Residents inside of city limits may contact the Public Works Department at 304-265-1234 to schedule a pickup time for their items,” he noted.

So, grab your gloves, roll up your sleeves and get ready to tidy up your little piece of almost heaven as you take part in the Fall County Wide Clean Up.

For more information or to voice any concerns, please contact the Taylor County Commission by phone at 304-265-5450.

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