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4:31 AM Sat, Nov. 17th

Major city, downtown cleanup planned for Saturday; help sought

The Kingman Great American Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday from 8 a.m.

to 2 p.m., and many Kingman residents will be heavily involved the annual effort.

Kingman City Planner Rich Ruggles said the Kingman Clean City Commission (CCC) is combining the city's annual spring cleanup with the Keep America Beautiful and the Arizona Clean and Beautiful programs.

Photos and statistics on the cleanup efforts will be forwarded to the state and national organizations, Ruggles said.

Kingman Sanitation Superintendent Ed Tapia said the roving Dumpster and recycling containers will be located at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

The volume of drop-offs when the Dumpster was at Centennial Park in March would have overwhelmed the Powerhouse Visitor Center site that was previously announced, Tapia said.

Traffic cones have been purchased to aid volunteers in directing traffic at the Dumpster and recycling site at the fairgrounds.

A concentrated cleanup in the downtown area will include volunteers from high schools.

The students earn community service hours under sponsorship of the Key Club at KHS South, faculty sponsor Larry Balog said.

CCC members Janet Watson and Atia Khan will coordinate the downtown cleanup efforts of students and volunteers.

Ruggles said the CCC will provide supplies, including bags, reflective vests and litter pickup devices.

Additional volunteers will work with the students and assist with the downtown cleanup

Donna Kowalske and six additional Soroptimist volunteers will survey the trash collection at the fairgrounds.

The last cleanup removed 39.7 tons of trash.

The Dumpsters at the fairgrounds will accept bagged household trash, yard debris and tires without rims.

No trash from commercial businesses or from landscaping companies will be accepted.

Newspapers, cardboard, aluminum cans and metal can also be recycled at the fairgrounds, Tapia said.

No household hazardous waste, batteries refrigerators or air conditioners can be accepted.

The CCC will take requests to remove up to 10 inoperable vehicles from city residences.

Requests can be made by city residents only, and vehicles will be removed on a first-come, first-served basis following the Saturday effort.

Ruggles said people should call him at 753-8130 to make arrangements for removal of vehicles.

A title for the vehicle is required, and no vehicles will be accepted at the fairgrounds.

All Kingman-area residents can bring trash to the fairgrounds Tapia said.

The last survey by the Soroptimist Club showed 110 of 168 people bringing trash lived outside the city limits.

Most of those outside the city were from Butler.

The Soroptimist Club survey identified 15 people who would volunteer for future cleanup efforts.

Anyone wanting to volunteer can call Ruggles at 753-8130.

The Kingman Clean City Commission will complete plans for the spring cleanup during a Thursday meeting.