Craig beautification week plans coming together

Sally Smith has been working on a plan for Craig Beautification Week since last year. She volunteered to chair the committee in charge of the project because she wanted to help remove the trash, weeds and dirt around town.

"You can't beautify the town until you have cleaned the town," she said, comparing Craig to a beautiful woman with fine jewelry whose beauty is hidden by a layer of dirt.

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Plans are being finalized for the beautification week, scheduled for the third week in May.

Smith was motivated to volunteer after attending last fall's meeting, and seeing how large and involved the clean-up project has become.

"Craig sits in a beautiful spot, and we need to match the city to its surroundings," Smith said. "If the community pulls together, we can get people motivated and clean it up."

The beautification plan has the clean-up week beginning with three, large dumpsters located on the east, west and north ends of town on Saturday, May 12. Residents are invited to use the dumpsters free of charge for their personal projects.

The week will conclude with the annual tire and appliance drop-off at City Park on the weekend of May 19 and 20. City workers will be on hand to remove Freon from refrigerators and freezers headed to the landfill.

Cooperation the key

The key to success, and the continuation of the project, is cooperation by the public, said Craig Chamber of Commerce Director Christina Currie.

"This is such a great service, but some people take extreme advantage of the event, saving dozens of tires and appliances for the free removal day," she said. "We want people to do the cleanup in a responsible and respectful way."

Currie praised the city of Craig and Moffat County for their contributions to the event, including paying overtime for employees at the pick-up site and the landfill.

"The city refuse department is an enterprise fund, and they donate the manpower and equipment," she said. "The county takes the tires for free and opens the landfill. It's a big expense to put toward this beautification effort."

Vouchers will again be issued to property owners for free dumping at the county landfill. This year the vouchers will be located at the county treasurer's office instead of the assessor's office.

Volunteers needed

Currie also is looking for volunteers with trucks or trailers who can help during the clean-up week. High school students and 4-H members are asked to organize cleaning crews and contact the chamber for instructions.

Seniors and disabled persons are encouraged to call the chamber to make their special needs known, including help with the removal of heavy items by work crews.

"Let us know what the need is, and we'll find a way to get it done," Currie said. "We really want this town to show itself off and look as good as we feel about it."

The chamber will be presenting prizes donated by local businesses to anyone submitting before and after photographs of their clean-up accomplishments.

Project presentation

The week also will highlight a beautification project sponsored by the chamber and local businesses at the corner of Fourth and Ranney streets. Plans call for trees, bushes and grass to adorn new sidewalks, curbs and gutters at the intersection.

A rock bench and paving stones also are planned to improve the area, as well as the relocating of a tree sculpture from City Park to the location.

Commissioners also:

  • Signed Dinosaur resident deputy lease agreement
  • Approved switching the designated provider for county workers compensation to Moffat County Clinic
  • Approved personnel requisitions for a part-time Master Control Operator at the jail, and three part-time office workers from the Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • Approved bids for Pest Management including:

Rodenticide -- Snyder and Counts Feed for $1,900

Insecticide -- Snyder and Counts Feed for $22,120.39

Herbicide -- Snyder and Counts Feed for

$34, 060.40

Surfactant -- Snyder and Counts Feed for $949

Truck mounted fogger -- B&G Chemical for $6,875

Two ATVs -- Planet Power Sports for $12,998

Utility vehicle -- Planet Power Sports for $8,699

Skid mount boom sprayer -- Warne Chemical Co. for $4,086

"We want to instill a sense of pride in the community," Currie said.

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