Beeville’s annual Spring Clean event will take place on Saturday, April 20.
Organizer Ronald “Buddy” Hardy said the usual source of funding for the cleanup event, the Coastal Bend Council of Governments, had to bow out of its part this year.
The regional organization did not have the funds. But City Manager Deborah Ballí said that would not be a problem. The city will provide the funds for the event this year.
Hardy said he will need volunteers again to assure the program’s success. Since the Spring Clean started several years ago, civic groups, church organizations and youth groups have provided the manpower (and woman power), vehicles and trailers to pick up trash piles for elderly and disabled residents.
Also, neighbors of elderly and disabled residents traditionally have provided assistance in cleaning up debris on some properties.
The main thrust of the Spring Clean is to give all city residents an opportunity to dump as many trailer and pickup loads of rubbish as possible for an entire day at the city equipment yard at 200 S. Jackson St.
Republic Services, which provides the city’s solid waste disposal service, provides large, roll-off dumpsters at the city yard for that day.
City employees from all departments are joined by volunteers from Bee County’s Road and Bridge Department to assist residents as they bring their loads to the city yard.
The Spring Clean has been credited with helping to keep Beeville neat and tidy for several years now. But Hardy reminds residents that its success depends on those who live here and who care about the appearance of their property and neighborhoods.
Hardy recommends that residents start getting their trailers loaded and their trash piles ready to throw into the pickup truck before the days start getting much hotter.
Get ready for the big day, he added. All residents will be required to show the man at the gate a paid, city utility bill stub to gain entry to the yard.