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Special cleanup period begins Saturday in UC

Special cleanup period begins Saturday in UC

Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 8:58 pm

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Spring is here, the flowers are blooming and it’s time to make sure Union City shines in all its glory.
To make the city look its best, the Union City City Beautiful Commission is sponsoring a cleanup period which begins Saturday and continues through May 29. Members encourage all Union City residents to use this special time to rid themselves of large and small items which clutter their closets, sheds and yards.
“We’re trying to keep Tennessee clean,” City Beautiful Commission chairman Margie Smith said, adding residents should take pride in the city and want to make it nice to look at.
In addition to cleaning up their yards of junk, Mrs. Smith is also challenging her fellow Union Citians to spruce up their yards by planting colorful flowers.
“We want our town to look good, but City Beautiful can’t do it alone,” she said.
She also suggests this is a good time for residents to check the trees and shrubs in their yards and consider the motorists who drive by their property. There are several areas in town where limbs or shrubs have grown out of control and block street signs or the clearance for drivers to see if vehicles are coming on cross streets. Some limbs are also too low and tend to make contact with passing vehicles, she said.
It’s important, Mrs. Smith said, when piling limbs and other items curbside for Barker Brothers or for Union City Public Works to pick up, that the items not be placed in the roadway. And, residents are cautioned against allowing their grass clippings to go into the roadway, she said. Not only is it against the law in Union City, it also causes a flood hazard when the grass washes into the storm drains.
Barker Brothers Waste is placing dumpsters around Union City for the annual City Beautiful clean-up project. The dumpsters, which are for use by Union City residents, will be located at Save-a-Lot on Nailling Drive, at the parking lot of the former Reelfoot Packing Co. on West Reelfoot Avenue, at the National Guard armory on East Reelfoot Avenue, at the city’s water plant on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive’s intersection with Depot Street and at the former Obion County Highway Department lot on the corner of East Jackson and South Ury streets. Old tires, paint, oil and household garbage should not be place in these dumpsters.
As Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is being staged by the Obion County Recycle Center, located at 1003B Mount Zion Road, Union City, Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. for disposing of hazardous materials. And, the recycle center accepts tires and used oil on a daily basis. For more information, call director solid waste director Mike Cary at 885-8109.
Union City residents can use the dumpsters or may place their items by the curb. Elderly and disabled residents who need assistance in moving items may call Mrs. Smith at 885-9730 during the special cleanup time.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 5.14.10

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