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Spring clean-up dates announced

The snow is finally melting, only to reveal trash scattered along Dickinson’s boulevards and roads. It’s time to clean.

Dickinson’s spring clean-up dates will be April 30 to May 12, as was announced during a meeting for volunteers at the Public Safety Center.

“We’re going to change things up -- we’re going to add a fall cleanup,” said Dickinson Fire Marshal Mark Selle “We’re doing a week clean up this fall in conjunction with the recycling program that’s starting up. So, next year we’ll have one week in spring and one week in fall.”

“It’s something we are trying,” Solid Waste Manager Aaron Praus added. “We’ll need an organizational meeting then as well.”

When volunteers  have selected a date to clean, they are asked to call the Bailer building at 701-456-7776, so the scale attendances can send out a truck that day or the following day to pick up the materials.

“Try to let us know as soon as possible so the wind doesn’t spread the refuse around, or we’ll have the same mess as we did,” Praus said. “If you notice some appliances or tires in the area you’re working on, place them  in the same area as you put the bags, so we can get to them. Call the Bailer building to let them know, so we can send a different vehicle.”

As of April 30, the baler building will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“In years past, we were only open until noon. We’re going to 2 o’clock. Another thing we’re trying this year, is the landfill will be open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- those exclude the holidays, obviously,” Praus said.

If you’re bringing the materials in yourself, all fees are waived for the bagged trash, appliances and tires.

“Let the scale attendants know the area you’re working in and we’ll wave the fees for you -- we need to keep track of tonnage for our records,” Praus said.

There’s also two recycling sites available in Dickinson. The sites may be used for grass clippings, leaves or garden materials -- no tree branches, no plastic bags. There’s also containers for motor oils and cardboard boxes.

“We are adding cameras into those locations -- they will now be monitored and the Police Department could assign fees if there is abuse,” Praus said.

“For the spring cleanup program, we have bags available for groups at the Chamber of Commerce, West River and Public Safety Center,” said Selle.

He cautioned groups to wear bright clothing or visible vests that can be seen by the traffic, as well as sturdy gloves and boots.

Groups might like to sign an “Adopt-a-Roadway” agreement. Name of the group is posted on a sign that stays up year around.  

“We’re looking for groups to  start cleaning -- let us know where you are cleaning, so we can get as much of the city clean as possible,” Selle said.

As an incentive, Parks and Rec will give out one-day passes to West River Community Center, the water park or Patterson Lake.

“Let us know how many people are coming, and once that area is done, we’ll give out the passes,” Selle said.

For more information on how to help  call the Dickinson Fire Department at 701-456-7625.

Safety tips for spring clean up groups

* Do not attempt to compact (squeeze) trash sacks to gain room for more trash. Injuries from jagged objects may result from this practice. Fill the sack with what goes in easily and then get another bag.

* Park all vehicles clear of the roadway and at least 10 feet from the shoulder’s surface.

*  Drink plenty of water.

* Wear light-colored clothing. Wear heavy gloves.

* Wear leather shoes or boots with ankle support.

* Wear a hat and long sleeves, sunscreen as needed.

* Do not attempt to remove suspected toxic/hazardous substances.

* Do not pick up discarded syringes, hypodermic needles or broken glass.

* Pick up pop bottles only with great care. They may contain human waste.

* Every crew should possess an adequate first aid kit. Every crew should have transportation immediately available.

( If possible, bring a cellular phone with a fully charged battery.

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