The Herald Bulletin
---- — The annual gathering of civic-minded residents to perform spring cleaning around Anderson helps remove debris and spruce up neighborhoods.
Though the cleaning never ends, residents make a great effort in getting dirty to make the city look better.
In the past, groups helping with the clean-up include the city, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, area students, the Anderson Beautification Committee, and so many more.
So it was bit disheartening to hear the city announce recently that it would, for the first time in 29 years, back out of the citywide cleanup set for May. Officials said that the city was strapped for cash due to the amount of overtime and other expenses from the clearing of snow and ice from streets this past winter.
Maybe the announcement — made via press release from the city — was a communications misstep inside Mayor Kevin Smith's administration. But it was clear that the city noted it had spent about $15,000 in overtime and $3,000 for planning in the annual clean-up.
The Dr. Martin Luther Jr. Memorial Commission said it would continue its role in the spring effort.
Mid-week though, Mayor Smith changed direction and pledged to keep the city involved in the clean-up. The re-thinking of the city's involvement is a welcome announcement.
The citywide spring cleaning is a community effort that needs full support of city leaders and residents.
The effort is a simple way for folks to show civic pride, and make neighborhoods and communities look attractive. Everyone should take some responsibility for the way Anderson looks, so it's great to have the city officially back on board.
By the way, for large trash items, the services provided during the cleanup are available to Anderson residents each day of the week, excluding weekends. Best-Way picks up bulk items for city customers a day after the normal trash pick-up.
Residents should consider the large trash pick-up throughout the year.
In summary The May citywide clean-up is a source of civic pride that needs support from city officials and residents.