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McClure calls for volunteer effort

August 19, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Hagerstown Councilman J. Wallace McClure said Tuesday night that he wants to organize an army of volunteers to clean up the city.

McClure named the effort Operation Pride and Groom.

To be successful, the effort will require volunteers to go out time and again to clean up trash and pull weeds, he said.

McClure said he needs residents to tell him what public rights-of-way in Hagerstown are strewn with trash and overgrown with weeds so he knows where to take his army.

He suggested volunteers work on Saturdays between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. They should wear long pants and long sleeves and bring gloves, two plastic bags and a trowel, if they have one, McClure said. By bringing their own supplies, they will keep the costs down, he said.

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McClure said he needs to settle some legal and safety issues before the volunteers can go to work.

Volunteers would have to sign a waiver saying the city is not legally responsible if there's an accident and the city's safety coordinator must provide safety guidelines, he said.

McClure said he got the idea after getting a number of phone calls from people responding to his comments at last week's council meeting.

Last week, McClure compared Hagerstown to Greensboro, N.C., which he said was a role model for what a city should be.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II gave McClure's program his blessing, but said property owners should be approached about keeping their properties clean.

"You can't have volunteers who are going to do this forever," Bruchey said.

Those interested in volunteering may call McClure at 301-797-6989 or stop by his office at McClure's Piano Shop and 'Round Town Movers at 63 E. Franklin St., he said.

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