City-wide cleanup set for Saturday

Spring’s the time when grannies always rallied their whole family for wholesale cleanup and fix-up down on the farm.The age-old spring cleaning and fix-up tradition has fostered Earth Day, Arbor Day and now it’s whole communities rallying forces around a general “pound out the rugs” activity.Community-wide cleanup day is April 12 in Broken Bow and the “granny” who is figuratively wielding the rug beater is Donnis Bullock, Broken Bow Chamber Executive. She’s enlisted a force of hundreds to assist in the mayhem against trash, unsightly rubbish, abandoned refuse, broken and unpainted facades and anything else that might lend an unkempt appearance to the town.“It’s a big thing,” said “granny” Bullock who expressed excitement about the number of organizations and businesses that have offered assistance and manpower, no matter what the weather, to help.Roll-off dumpsters contributed by Myers Salvage will be located between Tomahawk Park and Paul Brown Filed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day free collection of items like brick, old lawn gear, bikes, metal, tires, auto batteries and appliances. City crews will be on hand to help sort the cast offs and make sure they get in the right bins, as well as making sure no paint, motor oil, lawn and garden chemicals or household waste is part of the mix. Those materials must be disposed of in the safe and regular way at the city transfer station. Besides the city crews and Myers, other contributors to the project include Taylor Heating and Cooling crews who will be on hand to drain and tag appliances from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The $20 fee that will be charged for making the appliances devoid of Freon and other contaminants is being contributed to the project to upgrade the electrical system in the Bandstand on the Square.The Tree-Dump site on South 13th Street will be open on both the 12th and 19th from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5:30 for acceptance of trees and branches, wood pallets, untreated and unpainted lumber, grass clippings, yard and garden waste, leaves, and even concrete as long as it’s clean and free of rebar or wire.The cast of city-wide cleaners that day will include Boy and Girl Scout troops who will be patrolling the parks and public areas with trash pickup on their minds. They will be supported by trash bags and refreshments from the Loup Basin Keep Nebraska Beautiful organization. The Mud Creek greenway will also get their trash pickup attention.Bullock encouraged even more participation from the community as she noted the city is once again in competition with other towns in Custer County as part of the Center for Economic Development Corporation’s “Grow Custer County” contest.As added incentive for the project she recruited Tiger Paper Shredding to be on the Square from 10 a.m. to noon for community members to bring in their old documents, tax from and other sensitive paperwork for secure disposal. The industrial shredder will provide safe disposal at the rate of $5 per copy paper box (limit three) with a fee of $5 per box. The proceeds will go to the Chamber Beautification Committee’s project to provide underground irrigation ofr the welcome sign on the south edge of town.Chamber members in general will get into the competitive clean-up spirit with their own spruce-up contest from April 14 to 18. Business windows and store fronts will be judged and the winner will receive a spot on the Breakfast Show. Members are asked to have their displays in place by April 9 and must call the Chamber office to register.