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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 25, 2017

Date set for county cleanup day

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Apr 20, 2017

The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors set a date for the proposed county cleanup day for 9 a.m. to noon April 29. This comes after a series of board discussions about inappropriate dumping of mattresses, computers, couches and other items routinely cast aside into county ditches.

“We are meeting in the [Fairfield High School] parking lot at 9 a.m.,” said supervisor Dee Sandquist. “We are very happy to have the FHS Student Council and the Future Business Leaders of America participating, along with other students and community members.”

Sandquist said the county road department helped to identify roads where the ditches needed tidying up.

Besides ridding the ditches of unwanted garage, Sandquist said the event would also raise awareness about the appropriate places to dispose of unwanted items.

“There is the SEMCO [three-county landfill], which is [in] Richland, and there is Connelly Recycling Inc. for recycling at no fee to the user,” Sandquist said.

The county pays Connolly $34,000 to help offset user fees on recyclable materials.

Sandquist said high school students involved in the project would receive credit for volunteering.

“The kids are getting their volunteer hours, the problem was this just needed to be completed by May 1. We also wanted to get out there before the grass got too tall,” she said.

In addition to county cleanup day, Sandquist rallied support from Green Iowa AmeriCorps in Fairfield.

“We are thankful for their input,” she said. “Green Iowa AmeriCorps is doing one later, and they will coordinate with [Maharishi University of Management] students.”

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