The annual spring citywide cleanup, a free event to all residents in the city of Seymour, arrives on Saturday, June 6, and continues through Sunday, June 14.
Last month, the cleanup was postponed because of the COVID-19 crisis, as the event typically is held in May.
Last week at the regular meeting of the Seymour Board of Aldermen, city offi cials voted 4-0 to hold the cleanup in June, reducing its delay by only a month.
In addition, per the suggestion of North Ward Alderman William Pogue, there will be two days when the cleanup’s hours will be extended to 7 p.m. to accommodate residents whose time is restricted during the work week.
“I think anything that we can do to make this (cleanup) more accessible to public is a good thing,” Pogue said at last Thursday’s meeting.
“Most people here in town work, and many of them work outside of Seymour, lots of them in Springfield. If they get off at 4:30 or 5 p.m., then they can’t get to the cleanup unless it’s on the weekend. It would be nice to offer extended hours a couple of nights during the week.”
The other aldermen agreed.
Extended hours for the cleanup will be offered on Monday, June 8, and Tuesday, June 9.
Regular hours for the event are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day from the event’s beginning to end, with exception to the two days where hours are extended.
The cleanup is free to all city businesses and residents, as large dumpsters will be located on the grounds of the city’s electric shop.
Entrance can be gained on both Division and Frances streets.
Appliances will be accepted, as long as they don’t contain Freon.
Roofing shingles are not accepted.
Other items not allowed to be dropped off include batteries, brush, hazardous materials or tires.
“I feel a key message that we need to relay is that only city businesses and residents are allowed to participate in this event,” City Administrator Hillary Gintz said. “No trash from outside the city limits is allowed, regardless of who hauls it in to the cleanup.”
Gintz also noted that no scavenging is allowed.
“Nobody can haul items out,” she said.
After the cleanup, the aldermen agreed that a renewed focus will be given to homes that aren’t following the city’s ordinances and rules in terms of yard mowing, junk in yards and unlicensed vehicles.
“As we’re coming into spring, you can see that there are a lot of homes where a lot of cleaning up is needed,” South Ward Alderman Nadine Crisp said.
“After the citywide cleanup, there’s no excuse for any junk to be left in people’s yards.”