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Letter to the Editor: Jackson focuses on cleaning up

Thursday, April 21, 2005

To the editor:

Since Jackson, Cape Girardeau and the surrounding area have declared war on trash, I thought it would be a good time for an update on some of the efforts in Jackson.

Jackson has placed 12 large decorative trash cans with the city logo in our uptown areas. They are being used, and we empty them on a regular basis.

The Rotary and Elks clubs recently cleaned up portions of Highway 61 North and Route D in Jackson. Dozens of Missouri Department of Transportation bags were filled. Thank you.

Park Day in Jackson is April 30 starting at 8 a.m. at Shelter No. 1 in the main City Park. With the help of dozens of interested citizens our entire park system will get a facelift.

Our recent fix-up/cleanup week was a huge success. Our sanitation crew and other city employees collected over 285 tons of unwanted refuse. This cost the city about $9,000. We feel that is money well spent in a continuing effort to keep Jackson as clean and tidy as possible.

These efforts will only be successful with the continuing cooperation and help from our citizens. I thank everyone who has helped so far and encourage all the citizens of Jackson to do their part in the battle against trash. We also look forward to being an active part of the multicity committee formed recently by Mayor Jay Knudtson. Our communities are only as clean as we make them. Let's all do our part to make it happen.

PAUL W. SANDER, Mayor, Jackson