- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - Work has started on a central Indiana city’s annual community cleanup, a few weeks after it was in doubt because of budget troubles.

The 30th annual Rev. JT Menifee Citywide Clean Up campaign began Monday in Anderson and is running through May 17.

Anderson officials had said they couldn’t afford to have city workers participate because the budget was strapped from the costs of clearing snow over the winter, but an $18,000 donation from the Indianapolis Colts is helping cover the city’s expenses, The Herald Bulletin reported (https://bit.ly/1nZmko5 ).

Mayor Kevin Smith said he believed the donation was a sign of confidence in the city where the Colts hold their summer training camp.

“We want to build pride in the community,” Smith said. “People can express that pride by volunteering their time.”

The local Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, which has organized the cleanup campaign since it was started in 1985, was planning to proceed even without the city’s aid to the campaign in the 55,000-person city about 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Smith said volunteers from Anderson University and local Boy Scouts have been working to clear trash from the city’s hiking trails and neighborhoods.

Trash bins manned by city employees will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the cleanup period for the disposal of residential trash. Volunteers and city employees also will be using heavy equipment to collect trash and debris from throughout the city.


Information from: The Herald Bulletin, https://www.theheraldbulletin.com



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