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Restoring beauty to our little part of earth
by Chip Latcham
Apr 22, 2009 | 592 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although we have concerns with the “green” agenda of the radical environmentalists, particularly about global warming, it’s only appropriate on Earth Day 2009 that we recognize recent efforts of our city and county crews to clean up Beeville.

Last Saturday’s Spring Clean resulted in a steady stream of trucks and vehicles with trailers coming through the city yard, despite the constant drizzle.

Instead of the seven containers that were in the yard last year, the city reportedly had 13 containers set up in four locations and all but two were filled to capacity.

Now that’s a concerted and effective use of the city dump by our citizens.

City and county employees teamed up with front-end loaders and other machinery to take care of the trash that arrived. By the end of the day, they had taken in almost 150 tires.

“And we weren’t even supposed to be (accepting) tires,” County Road and Bridge Superintendent Frank Montez said.

Workers also received seven water heaters, 10 refrigerators, 21 sofas, seven kitchen ranges, six clothes washers and 52 old mattresses, all items that might have sat at the curb for weeks if the city had not accepted them.

Or tossed by the side of the road.

Items were separated according to their makeup so some could be recycled. Iron and steel items were an example of that as old bicycles, appliances and other items were set aside in one location.

The event especially gave city residents an opportunity to get rid of old building materials, metal roofing materials and other items that are not normally picked up by Allied Waste crews.

Several dozen volunteers helped clean up trash piles around the community and even helped to unload trailers at the city yard.

Buddy Hardy, city assistant code compliance officer, said several people made numerous trips to the city yard and all they were asked was whether they were picking up the debris in the city. If they were, they were allowed to dump.

Hardy added that he considers the event a success and intends to continue the annual event. That’s welcome news, indeed.

When combined with the April 11 cleanup conducted by 3-G Electric Co., which hired 20 people and collected more than 80 trash bags of litter and 40-plus tires, along with sofas, lumber and other debris; and the county health department’s recent crackdown on the illegal dumping of thousands of old tires in south Bee County, it appears that caring residents are definitely making a difference.

As a community, we must change the mind-set that allows Beeville to be a trashy community. We should be good stewards of our homes, businesses and property.

Maybe, after the recent rains, we will even see a few wildflowers blooming late along the roadsides, instead of blowing bags and litter.

Congratulations again to the highly successful City of Beeville Spring Clean planners, Lanny Holland, Albert Bridge, Hardy, Montez and all others who spent their Saturday coordinating, working and encouraging citizens to beautify our community.
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