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The fifth annual “Make Danville Shine” campaign has reached the halfway point. The goal of the campaign is 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 John Gilstrap points out that the City of Danville is taking significant measures to create a more visually appealing community while conveying to its residents, leaders, businesses and civic groups that we all have a vested interest in protecting and preserving the beauty and cleanliness of our city.
The city kicked off the month by providing expertise in home improvement and lawn care at an expo held on May 6 at the Community Market. 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 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.
Residents also can set debris, trash, appliances and furniture at the curbside for city Public Works crews to pick up.
In support of the cleanup campaign, the Public Works Department again this year is allowing oversized piles of separated yard waste and household debris to be placed at residential curbsides for collection.
It also is waiving the cost of tire disposal for up to four tires per household, and it is waiving restrictions on construction and demolition debris if done by the homeowner. Restrictions will remain in place for contractor’s debris.
By appointment, crews will collect heavy debris such as bricks, rock and cinder blocks. The department’s mobile recycling trailer will be placed in strategic locations throughout the city.
Ikea again is participating in the campaign. The company will provide debris trailers for neighborhood cleanups.