HENDERSON, Ky. -- If it seems like this winter and February’s precipitation have gone on … and on … and on … for so long that you’re actually anxious for a nice break to get a head start on spring cleaning, please know that you’re not alone.
That’s kind of where the City of Henderson’s Codes and Public Works Departments are, too.
For four weekends coming up, the two departments are teaming up to strategically place dumpsters in the area bordered by First Street, Sand Lane, Green Street and Atkinson Street to give residents a jump start on getting rid of the clutter around their property.
We’re calling it “Operation Tidy Up.”
The Public Works Department will still host “Spring Cleanup Week” later in April for curbside pick-up of discarded items, also at no charge, but this dumpster placement will offer an additional opportunity.
Think of it as housecleaning before you actually clean the house.
Two things you can’t dispose of, however: Tires and paint.
The roll-off dumpster will arrive on Fridays. You have all weekend to use it before it’s collected on Monday to be emptied.
Here are the locations and dates when the dumpster will arrive:
Friday, March 1: Southwest corner of Bailey and Shelby.
Friday, March 15: Clay and Alvasia, near the Harbor House.
Friday, March 29: Plum and Adams.
Friday, April 12: Center Street between Julia and Meadow streets.
“Operation Tidy Up” follows another initiative earlier this winter by the Codes Department in teamwork with the Henderson County Jail. Inmates in the work release program that’s assigned to mowing in warmer weather did some sweeps of alleys to clean up clutter and make improvements.
Several dumpster loads of debris were collected in the target areas, and those locations continue to be monitored, said City Codes Administrator Ray Nix.
“It was very successful,” he said, noting that “Operation Tidy Up” extends the jail’s effort and offers “an opportunity to spread it around.”
Nix added that if the roll-off dumpster initiative provides good results his office will look for future opportunities to do it again.
He said the reasons for doing it are multiple:
-- It “softens the blow” from Spring Cleanup Week by spreading out the opportunities for citizens to get rid of unwanted items without having to go to the landfill themselves.
-- It broadens an initiative that Mayor Steve Austin has pushed for and that staff is supporting for cleaning up our city and reducing clutter.
-- It helps improve curb appeal for properties all over the city.