Fortunately, he has found at least five organizations willing to help him recruit strong, young bodies to do the work.
So far, Bee Proud Bee Clean, the American Legion Post 274, Beeville Garden Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9170 and VFW Auxiliary each have offered to donate at least $100 to several youth organizations to help enlist their help.
“We’re working with other sponsors and other youth groups,” said Teresa Holland of the Beeville Garden Club.
She said several organizations do not have the youthful manpower to help out in this year’s cleanup effort. However, they do have money to donate to encourage youth organizations to provide that manpower.
Hardy is preparing a list of places where volunteers will be needed to help clean up debris piles.
Family members and neighbors will need to help out the elderly or handicapped who cannot clean their own places.
They need to get the debris to the curb so the volunteers can move it to trailers or pickup beds and then haul it to the city equipment yard on South Jackson Street for disposal.
Allied Waste will provide several large, roll-off dumpsters for the day and city employees will be on hand to help people unload their trailers and pickups.
The yard will open at 8 a.m. and there will be no charge for dumping refuse. Traditionally, pickups and vehicles with trailers begin lining up on South Jackson Street well before 8 a.m.
The annual cleanup effort has been a huge success since it began two years ago. Each year the city yard ends up with so many piles of discarded yard items, appliances and other debris that it takes weeks to have it all shipped out to the landfill.
But that is what Hardy and the others at City Hall want to see. Employees there expect this year’s event to be at least as successful as those of the last two years.