- Citywide cleanup starts soon

The citywide cleanup takes place at the city of Seymour's electric shed.

It’s time for the Seymour’s spring cleanup.

The annual event is sponsored by the city of Seymour and begins Saturday, June 6, continuing for nine full days until Sunday, June 14.

“This is a great opportunity for city residents to clean up their properties and help make our town look nicer for those who visit,” City Administrator Hillary Gintz said. “This year’s cleanup is a month later than last year’s due to the threat that COVID-19 posed to the residents and the workers who help during this citywide event.”

Gintz noted that the event is free to all city businesses and residents and is for the benefit of all.

There will be dumpsters located on the grounds of the city’s electric shop; residents can enter on Division or Frances streets, just south of the railroad tracks.

Those who do not live inside city limits are not able to participate in this event, and there will be city workers present at the site during the cleanup who may ask to see residents’ state identification to verify that patrons are, in fact, a city resident.

Residents can bring their items to the cleanup from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on each of the event’s nine days.

In addition, closing hours will be extended on Monday, June 8, and Tuesday, June 9, until 7 p.m. to help accommodate those who are busy during the typical workday hours, yet still need to get rid of items. Almost anything can be dropped off, with exception to:

• Appliances with Freon.

• Batteries.

• Brush.

• Hazardous materials.

• Tires.

• Roofing shingles.

Although brush can’t be dropped off at the cleanup collection site, the city will accept it.

“No brush is accepted at this event, but it’s accepted year round east of the city maintenance building on South Cantrell Street.” Gintz said.

She added that no one is allowed to haul anything away from the cleanup, meaning that once it is in the dumpster, it is there for good.

Gintz said the cost to the city for this cleanup in 2019 was just under $6,900.

“The cost will remain in the same ballpark — around $6,500 to $7,000,” she noted.

Many residents last year took advantage of the cleanup, and the trash bins and dumpsters were full half way through the first week.

“This will not be a problem this year, because WCA (the trash company contracted with the city) has guaranteed us extra trash bins to accommodate all that we need for a full week of cleanup,” Gintz concluded.

For more information, call Seymour City Hall at 417-935-4401.

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