Volunteers Needed for Takeover Makeover

By: From 13 News
By: From 13 News

FROM CITY HALL -- Volunteers are needed for Project Takeover/Makeover 2010, the annual event designed to help clean up low to moderate income neighborhoods in the City. An event will be held on Saturday, April 10, for Neighborhood Improvement Associations (NIAs) west of Topeka Boulevard and a second event will be held Saturday, April 24, for NIAs east of Topeka Boulevard. Both events will be from 6 – 11 a.m. with haulers rolling at 6 a.m. and volunteers beginning work after 7:30 a.m.

To volunteer call Brooke DeVader at 368-4485 or e-mail her at bdevader@topeka.org . Volunteer registration will be 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Volunteers should report to the Central Park Community Center, 1534 SW Clay on April 10 and report to Lakewood Shelter House, 2301 SE Lakewood on April 24.

Once a volunteer has signed a release form, they will receive a written work order that will specify the location and work to be performed. Necessary tools and supplies can then be obtained. If volunteers have their own tools, such as gloves, rakes, shovels and string trimmers, they should bring them. Once they have completed these steps at the check-in site, they will transport themselves by foot or by their own private vehicle to the work site.

After each event, a luncheon will be provided at 11:30 a.m. for all of those who helped with the neighborhood cleanup efforts.

During the event, the City of Topeka, Shawnee County Refuse and Waste Management will haul away specific types of trash & debris that is placed at the curb in front of area properties at no cost. This year there will be no rain dates.

On April 10, the following NIAs will be served: Central Park, Chesney Park, Historic Holliday Park, Historic Old Town, Likins-Foster, North Topeka West, Quinton Heights-Steele, Tennessee Town, Valley Park and Ward Meade. (The list of NIAs served during the April 24 event will be released closer to the event.)

On the Friday before each event, the City asks that residents drag their trash, old appliances, old furniture, etc. to the curb. No limbs will be accepted. Everything must be in the right-of-way because the City cannot enter private property.

The following rules will apply for each event:
·No tires, limbs, batteries, concrete or rock rubble, construction or demolition debris, hazardous materials, paint, paint thinner, lubricants, herbicides, insecticides, oil, vehicles or railroad ties.
·Crews will go through each area one time only to collect and haul off items. There will be NO Callbacks. If there are items placed at the curb after the neighborhood cleanup date then disposal will be the property owners’ responsibility.

All limbs must be taken by property owners to the Biomass Yard Materials Recycling Facility at I-70 and MacVicar. Only organic materials including grass, leaves, brush and trees may be accepted. NO inorganic materials like treated lumber, rocks, cement, plastic bags, etc. will be accepted. Make sure not to mix trash and limbs. You must have a pass, which is part of a previously mailed flyer to NIA residents, to drop off these materials at no cost.

New this year is a program to recycle old bicycles. Donations will be accepted by the Topeka Community Cycle Project at 423 S. Kansas Ave. in downtown. Donated bicycles are refurbished and then donated back to the community. Bicycle parts and helmets are also accepted. TCCP hours are Thursdays 5 – 7 p.m. For information send and e-mail to topeka@cycleproject.org.

For further information contact Roseanna Haugen at 368-3663.


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