Clean up yards for spring
by Denise Strub
Feb 14, 2013 | 1819 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With spring right around the corner following days and months of rain and wind, many Cleveland homeowners are preparing their yards and gardens for growth.

At the recent Mosquito-Litter Control meeting, held at the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, residents were urged to remember the ways of disposing of debris.

Ray Bell, director of Cleveland Public Works, told members of the committee that RES, Cleveland's garbage collecting company, will pick up limbs and leaves.

"Tree limbs and branches need to be less than four feet in length and less than 10 inches in diameter," he said, adding that leaves need to be bagged up for the RES workers.

Leaves should also not be moved into the street gutters as they clog the drains and aid in flooding during rainstorms.

Bell said Dr. Macklyn Hubbell, who chairs the committee, and his workers have helped a great deal in keeping city properties and yards clean.

Hubbell's crew comes from those in the court system who are trying to pay off their fines.

Bell said Hubbell often has better luck with helping people than he does.

"We usually approach them and tell them we want to help them clean up their yard," said Hubbell.

Hubbell also oversees the shopping cart retrieval program, wherein discarded shopping carts are gathered and returned to their proper stores or destroyed.

"Baskets are brought in every day," he said, adding that the person who collects the carts is paid $4 per cart and some merchants buy them back at $5.

"There is some loss. Some of the carts are damaged and then they are taken to Brown and Sons for recycling and some merchants would rather replace them with new ones."

Hubbell said the city gave the program $500 and there have been donations but at some point, more funds will be needed.