Ward 2 cleanup to be held Saturday

Local residents clean up the community in this News-Times file photo. A community cleanup will be held this Saturday in Ward 2.
Local residents clean up the community in this News-Times file photo. A community cleanup will be held this Saturday in Ward 2.

A community cleanup will be held from 9 until 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Ward 2.

Volunteers will meet at the South Arkansas Arboretum, which is adjacent to the old El Dorado High School campus on Timberlane near Mount Holly Road, to receive street assignments before fanning out into the ward to pick up litter.

The cleanup is a continuation of efforts by Keep El Dorado Beautiful to work with the El Dorado City Council to hold community cleanups in each of the city's four wards.

Council members organize the cleanups in their respective wards and KEB helps to coordinate the events by providing supplies, sack lunches and cash incentives for volunteer teams who participate in the cleanups.

After community cleanups were held last spring in wards 1 and 3, KEB members agreed to suspend the effort until outdoor temperatures cooled down in the fall.

The program offers a cash incentive of $300 to volunteer teams of 10 or more.

KEB is prioritizing youth groups -- including sports teams, church groups and youth development and service organizations, etc. -- to assist with expenses that are often associated with membership in such groups.

Janis Van Hook, president of KEB, said all of the slots for cleanup teams have been filled for Saturday.

Residents in Ward 2 and others in the community are encouraged to participate in the cleanup.

Ward 2 is represented by council members Vance Williamson and Judy Ward.

Any volunteer teams who signed up after the available slots for cash incentives were filled will be added to the list for the Ward 4 cleanup, which has been scheduled for Nov. 4.

"Groups that are interested in the Ward 4 cleanup, we urge them to contact us as soon as possible before all the slots are filled," Van Hook has said.

Typically, 10 slots are available for the cash incentive program.

There were 14 openings for the Ward 2 cleanup because a few volunteer teams canceled during the Ward 3 cleanup last April, Van Hook said.

Volunteers for the Ward 2 cleanup will return to the arboretum at 11:30 a.m. Saturday to receive cash awards and pick up sack lunches.

Additional details are forthcoming about the Ward 4 cleanup.

KEB will convene for a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Room on the second floor of the Simmons First Bank building, 100 W. Grove.

The meeting is open to the public.

To sign up a volunteer team for the Ward 4 cleanup or for more information about KEB, call Van Hook at 870-918-2706.

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