Frankfort, IN – Encouraging individuals, families, businesses, schools, service organizations and churches to participate, Mayor Chris McBarnes is launching Frankfort Operation Spring Clean Up, a citywide clean up and revitalization effort April 22 – 28 as part of his neighborhood revitalization cornerstone.
Various environmental activities will take place that week, culminating in a community clean up on Saturday, April 28, involving volunteers painting City park buildings, planting flowers and trees, picking up trash around the downtown area, in alleys and throughout the community to clean and “green” Frankfort.
“With National Arbor Day April 27, we think that week makes perfect sense to focus on freshening up our City. We are reaching out to our local corporate citizens in the hopes they will make monetary contributions as well as serve as sponsors for our event t-shirts and contribute items such as gloves for volunteers to wear when collecting trash or planting flowers and trees.
“We also need garden equipment such as shovels, wheelbarrows and donations of perennials for planting. Our goal is a few hundred volunteers – of all ages – who want to spend the day with their friends and neighbors while making new friends as we all work together to enhance the beauty, appeal and livability of our community.
“With the event nearly four weeks away, time is of the essence, so letters have gone out, requesting involvement from our generous businesses, as well as communication to our local schools, churches and service organizations, asking them to share how they are able to participate,” McBarnes said.
Anyone interested in donating money, serving as the t-shirt sponsor, contributing gloves or equipment or volunteering for activities on April 28 should contact Tina Stock in the Mayor’s Office at 654-7332.
The April 28 clean up effort begins around 8:30 a.m. and continues all day – rain or shine – leading up to a celebration downtown with food and music that evening. Details about the downtown celebration are forthcoming.
In addition to Saturday’s activities, the Frankfort Street Department will accept bulk items (refrigerators, tires, etc.) every day from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. April 23 – April 27. On Saturday, April 28, they will accept large items from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. City officials are in contact with County leaders regarding offering a free landfill day on April 28 at the County landfill.
McBarnes’ City team of department heads, staff and their families will be out in force on April 28, cleaning up various sections of the community. A dozen volunteer task force members representing the business community, City staff, service organizations and neighborhoods have stepped up to take charge of various segments of activities for the week-long event.
For questions or interview requests, contact Mayor McBarnes at 765-654-7332.