Operation Pride will focus on city neighborhoods

Operation Pride will focus on city neighborhoods by David Lias Homes located on and between Dakota and Plum streets and Clark and Main streets will be receiving special attention.

Operation Pride, a community effort to beautify Vermillion, will focus on those neighborhoods from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

Operation Pride is a year-long program of community cleanup encompassing a number of programs including the Vermillion Landfill spring and fall cleanup days, a waste tire disposal project, a household hazardous materials collection (if the city receives a grant to fund this project), and a pilot curbside household and yard cleanup.

Neighborhood Cleanup

The pilot curbside household and yard cleanup is being provided to Vermillion citizens through the cooperative efforts provided by Norwest Bank of South Dakota, which is funding the project, the Vermillion Solid Waste Department, which is offering organizational support, the Coyote football squad, which will provide labor, and Vermillion Beautiful which will be a fiscal agent for the project.

Also providing volunteers and project assistance are the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, U.S. EPA Region VIII, the South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association, The University of South Dakota, the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce, Century 21 � French Realty, Coldwell Banker Realty, Herren Schempp Building Supply, Culhane Communications, Jones' Food Center and the USD Greek Community.

Anyone wishing to take part in Operation Pride as a volunteer may call the Vermillion Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 677-7076.

Senior citizens or people with special needs who need assistance prior to the collection event may also call the solid waste department.

Directions for cleanup

People residing in the neighborhoods targeted for Operation Pride are requested to place the following materials in four designated and separated piles at their curb: wood, metal, leaves and grass, other refuse.

People wishing to dispose of a stove, refrigerator, freezer or other large appliances are asked to call 677-7076 to schedule a separate collection. Callers are asked to leave a message. Their calls will be returned.

Residents are asked to place limbs, twigs, and other wood material in a neat pile at the curb. Small to medium-sized wood items will be removed by chipper. Large wood items will be removed by Monday, May 1.

Scrap metals, such as toy wagons, bicycles, storm windows (without glass), and small appliances, such as microwave ovens, toasters, and televisions should be placed at the curb in a separate pile.

Residents should also place yard waste, such as grass clippings and leaves, in bags at the curb. Volunteers will be emptying the bags. Residents should not mix any other materials with the leaves and grass.

Other types of refuse that will be collected include furniture (chairs, sofas, mattresses, painted wood items), broken plastic items (such as a children's swimming pool or large toys), and items that will not fit in normal weekly waste pick up in Vermillion.

Residents are reminded to not place paint or other hazardous household materials at the curb. Household garbage and other small items that belong in residents' weekly waste collection also are not included within the scope of Operation Pride's efforts.

Other programs on tap for 2000 include:


* Spring clean up. Yard waste has already been received free of charge at the landfill from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 7-8. The landfill and recycling center will also be open free of charge all day May 5 and 6.


* Free waste tire collection for all Vermillion and Clay County residents at the landfill. The state of South Dakota is providing funds for this county-wide tire cleanup. It is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


* Landfill voucher for Vermillion residents. In mid-April, each residence received in the mail the "City of Vermillion Guide to Services and Programs Booklet." The booklet outlines city services and contains a landfill voucher worth $15 to be used by residents. Full rules and explanation of a voucher is contained in the booklet.


* Missouri Valley Recycling. This facility services the community's recycling Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

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