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The City of Danville will hold an awards ceremony on Saturday, June 11, to honor the winners of the best landscaping project and best exterior renovation completed during Make Danville Shine Month. The ceremony will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the field behind Westmoreland Preschool.
All citizens are encouraged to attend. Gift bags will be distributed and lunch will be provided. The event is free.
To be eligible for a prize, residents had to enter the contest by registering online at MakeDanvilleShine.com and submitting photos of their landscaping or exterior renovation work.
The fourth annual “Make Danville Shine” campaign ended May 31. The goal of the campaign was to encourage every citizen to focus on maintenance, upkeep and beautification of their property and to assist neighbors who may not be able to do so due to age or disability.
In declaring May as “Make Danville Shine Month,” Mayor Sherman Saunders pointed out that it is the intangible things like a clean community that make a difference in promoting business growth and the community as a whole.
The city kicked off the month by providing expertise in home improvement and lawn care at an expo held on May 7 at the Community Market. Nearly 20 vendors in the fields of landscaping, painting, roofing, siding, masonry, electrical, plumbing and pest control attended the expo, which this year again was held in conjunction with the opening of the Farmers Market.
The annual cleanup campaign involves simple steps that every resident can do around their house, such as clean the gutters, paint the exterior, landscape the yard and clear their property of weeds, vines and overgrowth.
In support of the cleanup campaign, the Public Works Department again this year allowed oversized piles of separated yard waste and household debris to be placed at residential curbsides for collection.
It also waived the cost of tire disposal for up to four tires per household, and waived restrictions on construction and demolition debris if done by the homeowner.
By appointment, crews collected heavy debris such as bricks, rock and cinder blocks.
For neighborhood cleanups, groups could make an appointment for use of roll-off containers.
Public Works also waived rental fees for a grapple “bucket” truck and an 18 cubic-yard trailer. Appointments were required for the rental of the truck and trailer.