BY MELANIE BUCK –
Near record amounts of yard debris, household waste, furniture, and more were picked up during the City of Mena’s annual Spring Clean-Up campaign. Aaron Rice, Street Superintendent for the City said the he has worked for the city for more than 14 years and this is the most he has ever seen picked up. More than 330 loads were hauled from residents’ homes for disposal.
Rice said he thinks the only year that saw more picked up was the first year the program began, back in the early 2000’s.
Mena is one of few cities across the nation that give such a free service to residents. Mayor McKee said the city is proud to offer the program and believes it helps to keep our city cleaner. Becky Horton, Mayor’s Assistant, said she attributes part of the success of this year’s program to Beautification Ordinance Officer Tammy Stockton’s hard work. “She started early this year visiting homes and sending letters to people reminding them to take advantage of the program.” Many residents don’t have the means to haul large items and the program gives them a chance to properly dispose of things such as large limbs, old furniture, and more.
The City also has a Fall Clean-Up program. Those dates will be announced as the information is received.