Our View: Muck and grime be gone

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Craig Editorial Board, January 2010 to March 2010

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
  • Sherry Kurz, community representative
  • Lynne Krause, community representative
  • Tim Jantz, community representative
  • Karen Knez, community representative

In about six weeks, Craig residents will get the opportunity to get rid of a host of unwanted items during the annual Clean-Up Craig event.

On May 15 and 16, in the parking lot at the north end of Craig City Park, residents will be allowed to dump items such as tires (off the rims), refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, air conditioners and hot-water heaters for free.

Residents, the Editorial Board contends, should take advantage of this worthwhile city service.

It is an effort designed to reduce the junk and clutter of our city and an easy and affordable way for residents to do so.

If you have no such items to discard, however, the Clean-Up Craig event provides a reason for you to get outside and tidy up your property.

After a winter of accumulated muck and dirt and grime, the time is close to give our homes and properties a good once over.

The look of each property has an impact on the community, Editorial Board members said.

Whether that’s an effect on a neighboring property, or adding to the overall look of the town as a whole, it’s the duty of each one of our residents to be responsible and maintain his or her property for the betterment of the community.

If cleaning up your grounds is a job that would take a while to complete, do a little bit at a time. Make small steps enough times and the overall goal of cleaning up Craig won’t be nearly as daunting as it sounds.

On the subject of beautification, now is probably a good time to point out that an organization tasked with improving the city’s aesthetics is in need of new blood.

The Craig Beautification Committee, founded in 2005, has made several contributions to improving the city’s appearance but needs more members and new ideas. The committee is now down to four members, a number that desperately needs bolstered.

In the past, the committee has installed hanging planters downtown and planted a garden full of flowers and shrubs on West Victory Way. They’ve made positive contributions to our community and are sure to make more if given more help.

So, if you have the time, there are certainly members of the Beautification Committee who want to hear from you and what you can bring to the table.

Clean-Up Craig and the Beautification Committee are two formal avenues for residents to contribute to their community.

Each person can decide what they want his or her contribution to be, but the Editorial Board encourages all residents to take the time in the coming weeks to do something toward making our community more visually appealing.

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