Bagging up for a clean city

Linda Norman of Clovis carries trash bags Saturday down South Main Street to a Dumpster in her neighborhood.

By Jack King

City and country residents collected more than 20 tons of trash Saturday in an annual spring clean up sponsored by the city of Clovis, said city Parks and Recreations Department Director Rob Carter.
In Clovis, volunteers in the city’s Clovis Spring Clean Up collected a little over two tons of trash. But at the city landfill, where tipping fees were waived for the day, city and country residents brought in 20 tons of trash by 1 p.m., Carter said.
“We’re actually still counting. We’ll have a final total some time next week,” he said.
More than 125 volunteers turned out for the Clovis Spring Clean Up, collecting and bagging trash on Prince and Seventh streets and Mabry Drive. Participants included members of the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Public Service Company of New Mexico employees, the Clovis Rotary Club, Clovis Teen Court and Juvenile Probation members, as well as numerous city residents, Carter said.
A team from Cannon Air Force Base collected the most trash, winning the first Golden Dumpster award, he said. The trophy is a 4-by-8-inch working scale model of a city dumpster created by Public Works Department welders John Bowman, Craig Collier and Gary Essary, he said.
Carter said the turnout and the amount of trash collected was the larger than in previous years, but said he didn’t have figures for last year.
“It was great. It really reflected Clovis pride,” he said.
Clovis Mayor David Lunsford said he was grateful to the people who turned out to participate in this kind of civic project.
“I’m really proud of the city workers who turned out to work on their day off and I think the number of volunteers who turned out was the best we’ve seen in the recent past. We had great weather and a great result,” he said.