Editorial: It's spring; join army cleaning up the Q-C


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Originally Posted Online: April 02, 2014, 11:00 pm
Last Updated: April 03, 2014, 8:51 am
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The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus

Just as the mounds of salt- and soot-blackened snow had all but melted away, laying bare the awful mess they had hidden throughout a frigid winter, a well-timed plea arrived in our mailbag.

It was from Rock Island volunteer and cheerleader Bobby O. Jackson. In his letter, which appears in Viewpoints today, he issues a welcome call to action: Clean up this mess! He's trying to organize Rock Island volunteers to join him in picking up the trash, especially in the city's west end.

It got us thinking that Rock Island isn't the only city in need of serious spring cleaning thanks to our slovenly winter ways. Also in Viewpoints today, local columnist Frank Mullen III, for example, laments what winter, litter and, well, doggy deposits, have done to his yard.

Like him, we don't at all like what we see, whether it is in his hometown of Aledo, Mr. Jackson's Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Silvis or the surrounding area.

Fortunately there IS something we all can do about it and all it requires is a little time. If you own a messy property, please clean it up. Help a neighbor clean up theirs. Spread the good will by joining a citywide effort. Here are a few:

-- In Moline, Doug House, general manager of municipal services, told us that members of the city's 13 local Neighborhood Partnership Committees are busy scheduling neighborhood cleanups and the city has been contacting volunteers to participate in Moline's annual Earth Day cleanup.

Their target is common areas such as roadway right of ways, ravines and parks. Please consider joining volunteers from Keep Moline Beautiful-affiliated groups including Adopt A Park, Adopt A Street, Garden Guardians, Blue Can Group. Those who take part in the cleanup will be feted at a volunteer appreciation picnic at Prospect Park. If you're interested in joining the April 26 Earth Day event, call Rodd Schick (524-2410) for more information

In the meantime, a third-shift crew has been blowing and sweeping medians and downtown areas to start the clean-up process, Mr. House said. A city street sweeper is at work, though the leaf vacuuming trucks are not, as was earlier and incorrectly reported.

-- In East Moline, the annual spring cleanup is April 14-18.

According to the city website, residents should put collection items at the curb by 7 a.m. on their regular garbage collection day. Do not include big appliances, tires, hazardous waste, construction material, TVs or yard waste. For questions, call the East Moline Maintenance Department at 309-752-1573.

East Moline also will have a free yard waste pickup every Wednesday through April 30. The city isn't providing the paper yard waste bags you must use, but you do not have to put stickers on the bags on those dates.

-- In Rock Island, the city is once again providing free leaf collection for its residential refuse customers beginning Monday and running through Friday, April 25. (You don't have to be participants in the Yard Waste Subscription Service to use the service and you don't have to put a sticker on the yard waste bags.)

The city also is furnishing bags, while supplies last, at no cost. You can get them Monday through Friday at locations including the Public Works Department, Rock Island City Hall, Martin Luther King Center, South Rock Island Township Office, Rock Island Township Assessor's Office, Sunset Marina Office and the Community Caring Conference. You must provide proof of Rock Island residence through a photo ID or official mail to get free bags, and they are limited to 20.

Keep Rock Island Beautiful and the Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District also are planning the Annual Downtown Clean Up on Saturday, May 5. Contact Keep Rock Island Beautiful at 786-1334 to volunteer.

-- In Silvis spring cleanup began Monday and includes bulk pickup.

To find out about cleanups and services in your community, call your local government offices or visit their websites.

Or just roll up your sleeves and get started on your own or recruit family and friends. However you can, help our communities shake off the last bit of nastiness of this long winter and set the stage for another glorious spring!














 



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  Today is Saturday, July 26, the 207th day of 2014. There are 158 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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