2018-05-16 / Features

Community takes part in Clean Sweep Day

PHOTOS AND STORY BY BILL WILLCOX
COURIER-TIMES STAFF WRITER


Mayor Merilyn Newell welcomes people to Clean Sweep Day as members of the Roxboro Fire Department look on. Mayor Merilyn Newell welcomes people to Clean Sweep Day as members of the Roxboro Fire Department look on. A group of about 50 volunteers gathered at City Hall at 9 a.m. Saturday to take part in Clean Sweep Day, a city organized project to show civic pride in the appearance of Roxboro by removing litter from its streets.

City staff signed in the volunteers and issued supplies, including grab sticks, and trash bags, as well as water bottles, since the temperature was forecast to reach the upper 80s.

Roxboro Mayor Merilyn Newell welcomed the volunteers, holding a ceremonial broom as she addressed the group.

She commended groups such as the Boy Scoutsuts for picking up trash and the DOT cleaning cleanup up the roadways, and said the city wanted to do its part to contribute to that effort.

“Hopefully, we will set some momentum in place,” she said. “We’re wanting to put a little more teeth in the enforcement against littering, and ferret out  those hotspots where that seems to occur frequently, continually. We’re just working on it from every possible angle, it’s just a community opportunity, to come together and do our part and pick up some trash.”


Dan Craig carries a bag of trash he collected on Durham Road across from the Walmart. Dan Craig carries a bag of trash he collected on Durham Road across from the Walmart. She said every piece of trash that was picked up represented a success, even though trash would likely reappear.

“We can certainly get ahead of the issues that we have right now and hopefully tell the community that we want a clean community, and this is where we start,”start, she said.

She commended the fire department, which holds an informal cleanup day every spring. In fact, the idea for community Clean Sweep Day originated with a conversation Newell had with Roxboro Fire Department Chief Kenneth Torain.


Lillianna Olson, left, and Madison Dickerson, members of Girl Scout Troop 172, hold a bag of trash they collected near Person High School. 
SUBMITTED BY JESSICA DICKERSON Lillianna Olson, left, and Madison Dickerson, members of Girl Scout Troop 172, hold a bag of trash they collected near Person High School. SUBMITTED BY JESSICA DICKERSON “They’re old hats at this type of effort,” she said. “You can see they are already well prepared, and we appreciate what they do every single year where clean sweep is concerned. So we wanted to come together and support their effort that they have already been doing every year, and the community opportunity to come out and do this.”this.

With that, she opened the ceremonial broom and sent groups on their way, fanning out across the city to pick up litter.

One group went out into the county. Lew Austin and his family went to Old Allensville Road.

“We do some work for Habitat tat for Humanity also,” Austin said, “so anytime time we get an opportunity to give back to the community, we like to take part.”


City Councilman Mark Phillips picks up trash in Uptown Roxboro. City Councilman Mark Phillips picks up trash in Uptown Roxboro. The project wrapped up at noon.



Roxboro fireman Reggie Villines collects trash on Mountain Road. Roxboro fireman Reggie Villines collects trash on Mountain Road.

Pamela Rodgers, human resources manager for the City of Roxboro, hands out supplies Saturday to volunteers to begin their cleanup efforts. Pamela Rodgers, human resources manager for the City of Roxboro, hands out supplies Saturday to volunteers to begin their cleanup efforts.

Police Chief David Hess and son Emmet collect trash near the police station. Police Chief David Hess and son Emmet collect trash near the police station.

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