Cleanup deemed a success

May 09, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - Thanks to the generosity of the Washington County Commissioners and the cooperation of town residents, the annual spring cleanup was a success - financially and aesthetically.

Held at the town's expense each year, the most recent effort only cost the town $848, according to Town Clerk Juanita Grimm.

Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said the $450 tipping fee for what was hauled to the county landfill was "forgiven" by the commissioners.

With state prisoners doing the work, the town only had to pay to reimburse the county employees supervising the prisoners, Hose said. In addition, the town paid to feed the work crews during the cleanup effort.


Grimm said the cost of those meals was nearly covered by the money collected when recyclables picked up during the cleanup were taken to Conservit.

The town has absorbed the cost of the cleanup every year, sometimes at a much greater expense. Hose said in years past, private haulers were hired to pick up the larger items that often appear curbside during the cleanup effort.

"We have spent as much as $3,000 in the past," Hose said.

Last year, the cost was $1,500. With the availability of the prisoners and the waiving of the tipping fee, the cost has become more manageable.

In February, Councilman Terry Baker suggested the town foot the bill for this spring's cleanup and see if the costs would change from last year.

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