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Time to clean up the city

Now that most of the snow in the area has melted, the litter that has accumulated in Dickinson all winter has been uncovered. The Spring Clean Up Committee met Thursday afternoon in Dickinson to discuss cleaning it up "Once again, our city is in ...

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Press Photo by Ashley Martin Dickinson Fire Chief Bob Sivak and Deb Barros, fire prevention specialist, discuss cleaning up the city during a meeting at City Hall, Thursday afternoon.

Now that most of the snow in the area has melted, the litter that has accumulated in Dickinson all winter has been uncovered.

The Spring Clean Up Committee met Thursday afternoon in Dickinson to discuss cleaning it up

"Once again, our city is in sore need of spring cleaning," said Bob Sivak, city fire chief. "I don't know if it's just the kind of winters we're having or what's going on, but wow! There's a lot of junk out there."

Deb Barros, Dickinson fire prevention specialist, thinks the garbage throughout town this year is worse than last year.

"It's a mess," she said.

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The clean-up will take place from April 19 through May 8.

The committee, which is sponsored by the Dickinson Fire Department, is encouraging people and businesses to volunteer to help with cleaning up.

Volunteers should call the Central Fire Station when they decide on an area of town to clean. That way groups aren't doubling up.

Trash bags, which will be donated by Dickinson Parks and Recreation, will be provided.

When volunteers are finished cleaning, they should put garbage bags beside the road and call 701-456-7776 and they will be picked up.

Like last year, the committee plans to have a scavenger hunt. Details will be released later.

The city clean-up is not just about cleaning streets and ditches, Sivak said.

"It's a time for everybody to do spring clean-up," Sivak said. "Not only for the cleanliness aspect, but also the fire safety aspect."

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Many people accumulate items over winter and the annual clean-up is a good time to sort them and prevent fire hazards, Sivak said.

"Be aware of the fire hazard aspect of clutter."

Ron Bachmeier, chief operator of solid waste collections, said the Baler Building will take tires for recycling, as well. The facility can not take hazardous materials or liquids, he added.

Residents are cautioned to sort and haul their garbage properly.

The committee is also looking for students to help out with public service announcements to spread the word about the clean-up.

Those doing personal spring cleaning can haul garbage to the Baler Building at 3389 Energy Drive. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, call the Central Fire Station at 701-456-7625.

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