Volunteers sought for Ferry cleanup

MARTINS FERRY The city is putting out a call to citizens concerned about the beautifying their community for the upcoming Pitch-in community clean up day June 15.

Director of Development Kathy Wade-Gagin said volunteers will meet at the pavilion in the park at 9 a.m. The activity is open to residents, community groups, schools and any other volunteers.

“Anyone interested can come,” Gagin said. “All the people who volunteer are going to be fanning out through the city to pick up litter and recycling as well.”

This is the second annual Pitch-in day. Gagin said the first event was successful, with the participation of several groups. Two truckloads of garbage and recyclables were gathered.

“It was a nice day and we made a difference in the city,” Gagin said.

Recycling will cover glass and plastic as well as 13 tons of tires collected during the past year. Gagin said the tires will be turned into playground mulch.

Gagin noted the city wrote a JB Green Team grant through the Jefferson Belmont Solid Waste Authority for funding to purchase supplies.

The city also submitted a recycling incentive grant which allowed for the installation of benches, bicycle racks and trash receptacles in the parks and cemeteries. All of the items are made from recycled material.

Gagin noted the participation and community partnership of Martin Ferry High School’s Step-up Program. Students in the program will volunteer to pick up litter. They have also donated money for two additional bicycle racks for a total of four.

“Their participation is really making a huge difference and setting a nice example for the kids at school,” Gagin said.

Gagin added that the city hopes this event will encourage citizens to make an investment in beautifying their community.

“We want people to take pride in their city and see they have a stake in the park and the city,” she said, adding that they hopefully will not turn a blind eye to litter and property destruction.

This year the city is also partnering with the Lions Club, Aaron’s Furniture, and the Times Leader.

Anyone interested in loading tires, assembling benches, installing bicycle racks, picking up litter, or performing other tasks is welcome.

“We are looking for volunteers,” she said. “Anyone can join.”

For more information, contact Gagin’s office at (740) 609-3709, (740) 381-3899, or kgagin@gmail.com.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com