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Ferry curbside cleanup set for next week

MARTINS FERRY — City residents will soon be able to dispose of unwanted items that are lying around their basements or garages during the fall curbside cleanup set for next week.

Martins Ferry Mayor John Davies said the cleanup will be held throughout the week of Oct. 3 on residents’ respective garbage pickup days. Almost anything can be set out for the city to pick up during the cleanup, with the exception of hazardous waste, tires, paint or electronics.

Mattresses and box springs will be accepted; however, a $10 fee will be charged. Davies said the fee is what the city is charged to dispose of those items at the landfill. It is recommended to call ahead to make arrangements.

Davies asks that residents be patient, as it may take longer for the sanitation department to pick up trash during the week due to the anticipated larger collections.

“It’s a long process. Everyone puts everything they own out, so it takes us a while to get it off the street. But we’ll get it as soon as we can,” he said.

The city holds cleanups twice a year — once in the spring at a First Street city-owned property and the curbside pickup in the fall. This provides residents with multiple opportunities to get rid of bulk items they no longer need or want.

In other city matters, Davies said the paving project is moving along this week as the next phase gets underway on Crawford Heights. Paving on the roadway started Monday and should be completed by the end of the week.

Davies said paving on Sixth, Eight and Ninth streets wrapped up Sept. 23, though there is still some work to be done.

“We’re going to go back and do some work on catch basins and the sewer drains – we’re going to raise them up and concrete them in so they look nice and they hold for 100 years,” he said.

Once the paving on Crawford Heights is complete, Floral Valley and Hillendale are up next.

“Each one of these subdivisions will take about a week to complete,” he said.

Davies said there should not be many issues with parking for the remainder of the project.

“Most of your subdivisions are a little bit easier because they all have driveways,” he said. “Ninth Street was tough to do because of the parking, but the rest of the subdivisions are pretty good.”

Davies said crews will be sure to coordinate with the paving company, Semper Fi Paving of Bridgeport, to ensure the project does not interfere with the curbside cleanup.

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