ANDERSON – A donation of $18,000 from the Indianapolis Colts will cover the costs of the city’s participation in the 30th annual Rev. JT Menifee Cleanup campaign.
Earlier this month the city announced it would not be participating in the annual cleanup effort because of the cost of snow removal during the winter. City officials indicated they needed $15,000 to cover overtime costs and $3,000 for planning.
Several days later Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith announced the city would participate in the Rev. JT Menifee Cleanup and other activities throughout the city.
City officials announced Wednesday that the citywide cleanup campaign will run from Monday through May 17, the date for the annual Rev. JT Menifee Cleanup effort sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.
“Due to the donation by the Colts, the city will be able to participate as it has in the past in the Rev. JT Menifee Cleanup,” it was announced in a press release.
The cleanup campaign in Anderson will last for three weeks starting at Jackson Park at 10 a.m. Monday. Dumpsters will be placed at Athletic Park manned by city employees from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the disposal of residential trash.
Volunteers and city employees will be using heavy equipment to collect trash and debris from throughout the city.
“That was positive news,” Smith said of the donation. “That offer came directly from the Colts. They share as much pride in Anderson as we do.”
He said the severe winter weather and heavy snowfall depleted the city’s budget, but Anderson learned Tuesday it will receive some reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“Our cleanup efforts are three-fold,” Smith said. “We have programs in the spring, summer and fall. We continue to build on what we’ve done the previous years. Last year we mowed approximately 800 vacant lots and hope to mow 1,000 this year.”