A city-wide cleanup will be held from 8 a.m. until noon today -- the first of two that are scheduled in November and December -- and residents in each of the city's four wards are encouraged to participate.
Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer said the purpose of the events is to help spruce up the city for the holidays in preparation for visitors and El Dorado natives who are returning home to celebrate the season with family and friends.
The second city-wide cleanup is set for the same time on Dec. 18.
Smith-Creer said the cleanups are scheduled on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
The mayor and El Dorado City Council Member Willie McGhee said checkpoints for the cleanup will be set up in each ward, including the Union County Fairgrounds, 1432 E. 19th in Ward 1; the parking lot of Good Home Center, 1111 W. Hillsboro, Ward 2; the site of the former Pine Tree Motel, 1510 E. Hillsboro, Ward 3; and the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, Ward 4.
Smith-Creer and McGhee said volunteers may report to the sites to collect supplies, including gloves and trash bags.
Smith-Creer also said dumpsters will be set up at each site for residents to dispose of waste and city trucks will be circulating neighborhoods in each ward to collect large, household trash, such as furniture, and yard waste.
Smith-Creer also encouraged residents who do not directly volunteer for the cleanup to participate by helping to tidy up their respective streets and neighborhoods.
For the cleanup in December, residents may request curbside collection service for household and yard waste by calling the mayor's office at 870-862-7911 or the Department of Public Works at 870-863-4244.