ANDERSON – Despite rain on Monday morning and overcast skies, the 30th annual Rev. JT Menifee Citywide Clean Up campaign got off to a good start.
The cleanup campaign runs through May 17, aided by an $18,000 donation by the Indianapolis Colts to fund the city’s costs.
It was kicked off at Jackson Park, located at Raible Avenue and 22nd Street, with city officials and volunteers in attendance.
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.
Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said the Rev. J.T. Menifee saw there was a community need.
“The great concept that he started has been expanded to the entire city,” Smith said.
Anderson Fire Chief Phil Rogers read a statement from the Menifee family thanking the city for the continued support and effort to make the cleanup event a success.
Smith said the Colts realized the city needed a little help and made the donation, which is an expression of confidence in Anderson, home of the team’s summer camp.
“We want to build pride in the community,” he said of the cleanup campaign. “People can express that pride by volunteering their time.”
Pete Heuer, chairman of the Anderson Board of Public Works, said the cleanup has been expanded from one day to three weeks.
“It has been expanded to the other city cleanup,” he said.
Whatever Best Way Disposal doesn’t collect, Heuer said, city workers will pick up from residents and neighborhoods.
Smith said volunteers from Anderson University and local Boy Scouts have been working to clear trash from the city’s hiking trails and neighborhoods.