The movement to improve Decatur’s appearance is ongoing, and multiple cleanup days are planned for the coming months.
The Alabama chapter of the Keep America Beautiful organization, which Decatur recently joined, will hold a spring cleanup day April 28, City Council President Paige Bibbee said.
Volunteers should meet under the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts marquee at 8 a.m. for the kickoff. Trash bags, gloves and trash tongs will be handed out.
“We will get the groups together and assign everyone to several hot spots throughout the city,” said Bibbee, who recently attended KAB’s state conference in Clanton.
Participants will meet back at the Daikin Amphitheater for lunch and possibly some entertainment to celebrate their work in cleaning up the city, Bibbee said.
Rickey Terry, director of Street and Environmental Services, said the city also plans to hold another day this summer in which the city will haul away materials that would otherwise be considered illegal dumping. The date has not been set yet.
Terry said litter and illegal dumping are ongoing problems that he doesn’t think will ever be completely solved, but he hopes education and cleanup efforts will make the city a cleaner place to live.
For example, a resident last week left a mattress and carpet padding in an alley near Jackson Street Southeast. Terry said this was probably illegal because they’re not items that the city would pick up.
“It’s a constant education process,” Terry said. “We will notify the resident if it’s not legal and usually they’ll take it to the landfill.”
Terry has started a blog on the city website, decaturalabamausa.com, in which he writes about city services like cleanup efforts, timelines for leaf removal, garbage services and the Street Department’s work.