When the Town of Elizabeth decided it was time to spiff things up, it gave residents some added incentive.
The town each year hosts a cleanup day to clean town parks, buildings and to help residents of Elizabeth take care of trash on their property. The event is manned by volunteers who spend the day emptying trucks and trailers full of trash, picking up at town parks and helping to spruce up public buildings.
This year’s event May 4 expanded from past years’ cleanup days with double the trash bins, provided free of charge to Elizabeth residents who need a little extra help removing accumulated trash from their properties.
In case the free service wasn’t enough to motivate people to participate, the town’s code enforcement officer added a reminder that failure to remove debris could result in a code violation.
The reminder was enough to fill two trash bins within one hour of opening for business.
“This is an opportunity for public works to give back to the town,” said Michael Gibbs, public works director. “It’s also a way to give people pride in their properties and work together as a community.”
Gibbs was joined by Mayor H. Clay Hurst at the corner of Logan and Grant streets, where four trash bins were at the ready on cleanup day. The work crew included volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, some of whom were in town for their mission work.
William Wadsworth and Jared Jensen, both 20, were in Elizabeth from Utah and Washington state, respectively, on a mission trip that will take them across the nation. They rolled up their sleeves and spent the morning unloading trucks that started to line up 30 minutes before the 8:30 a.m. start.
By 10 a.m., two of the trash bins were already full. Hurst surmises part of the success was attributed to visits from the police code enforcement division, which visited more than 40 homes with a personal invitation to participate.
Last year, just one trash bin was filled, Hurst said, adding that the event “helps clean up the town; that’s the goal.”