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Pagosa Springs Clean Up Week set May 14-18, pick up schedule announced

The deer are everywhere, irises are exploding with blooms, the aspens are glowing green with new buds and the town of Pagosa Springs is making its announcement that the time for its annual spring cleaning is upon us — Town Clean Up Week 2012.

From May 14-18, town residents will have the opportunity to remove some of that unwanted junk from their yards and around the house.

“Over the past two decades, the pride in our community has increased dramatically,” Pagosa Springs Mayor Ross Aragon wrote in a notice sent out to Pagosa Springs Sanitation and General Improvement District customers. “Improvements in the physical infrastructure and cleaner neighborhoods have been occurring every year. This year I would like to personally urge you to participate in Clean-Up Week 2012.”

Applying only to residential properties within the town limits, the town will provide additional Dumpsters throughout town, curbside pickup and the removal of junk vehicles.

Dumpsters will be located at 703 South 5th Street within the Streets Department fence. The site will be open for dumping from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday–Friday (May 14-18). Only town residents can take advantage of the Dumpsters and identification must be shown prior to using the Dumpsters.

The town will also be offering curbside pickup of larger items, such as old lumber, branches or appliances. Items placed along the curb or right of way will be picked up at the following locations, on the specified days:

Monday, May 14 — North 1st Street through North 5th Street.

Tuesday, May 15 — North 6th Street through North 14th Street.

Wednesday, May 16 — San Juan Street/Hot Springs Boulevard through South 6th Street.

Thursday, May 17 — South 7th Street through 10th Street (including the Garvin Addition).

Friday, May 18 — Bienvenido Street and Piedra Estates.

If a resident cannot place items at the curb and a hardship exists, please call Town Hall at 264-4151, Ext. 238, to coordinate assistance. Town staff will confirm all hardships and, if valid, will coordinate town crew assistance while the resident is present during pickup.

The town reminds residents that it will not remove or pick up household trash, hazardous materials, engines and appliances with Freon, or building/construction materials. Also, there will be no more than one dump truck load per household.

As part of Clean Up Week, the town is offering to tow away junk vehicles from town residential properties. That pickup can be coordinated by calling Rita Prokop at Town Hall at 264-4151, Ext 238.

For any vehicle to be towed, proof of ownership is required. Furthermore, the Town cannot guarantee that all removals can be completed for various circumstances.

Finally, the town has also scheduled a cleanup of Hilltop Cemetery during the week of May 21-25. While residents are encouraged to get out, enjoy the weather, and spruce up that town landmark, the town will not provide Dumpsters at the cemetery.

Finally, while the town intends to make it easy on residents to clean up their properties and put on their best face for this summer’s influx of visitors, failure to take advantage of Clean Up Week could result in another mess: The Town Police Department will issue nuisance notices to property owners who have junk or litter on their premises after Clean Up Week.

“Your help during Clean-Up Week 2012 is essential to making Pagosa Springs a beautiful and healthy community for all of us to live within and enjoy,” the mayor concluded in his letter.

With colors emerging around Pagosa Country and the white stuff quickly melting off, helping out with cleanup work seems to be the neighborly thing to do. With ease, convenience and untold savings in dumping fees, it also seems to be the sensible thing to do.

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