VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana city is going ahead with a spring clean-up program even though the street and sanitation department is struggling financially.
Vincennes officials are trying to figure out a way to pick up the everyday trash despite running around $300,000 in the red.
Even with the money issues the community has begun the annual project to help resident's get rid of big items and spruce up its image.
Spring time is the right time for cleaning up. That's exactly what crews in Vincennes have in front of them for the next two weeks.
This is when residents can get their big items out and the city will haul them off.
"The city feels like it's an opportunity to get the city off to a fresh start in the spring," said Vincennes Street and Sanitation Superintendent, Bryce Anderson. "We're able to get things cleaned up. People are able to put out some things they've had all winter that we can't pick up on our regular trash stops."
Residents in Vincennes look forward to the annual opportunity to get rid of old furniture, mattresses and other kinds of junk, and the city says they do it because it helps the community image.
"It helps the image quite a bit," said Anderson. "We like the idea of getting it cleaned up. Particularly, we've got the Rendezvous coming up here soon and a lot of events this summer and if we get this cleaned up it makes more of an attractive city."
The project eats into man-hours, equipment costs and even tipping fees, but officials believe the community winds up a lot better off when the cleanup is complete.
While city crews will pickup most items there are some exceptions. They will not collect discarded electronics, hazardous materials, paint, or commercial construction waste.
The spring cleanup runs through May 24th in Vincennes.
People wanting the extra items collected should contact Vincennes Street and Sanitation department at 812-885-2520.
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