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The city of Danville will officially commence its “Make Danville Shine” campaign with a kickoff celebration scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. The ceremony will be held at the stage located behind the Ballou Recreation Center in Ballou Park.
“Make Danville Shine” is a month-long campaign to clean-up, paint-up and fix-up property in Danville. The public is encouraged to attend Saturday’s kickoff event.
Mayor Sherman Saunders, City Manager Joe King and Community Development Director of Inspections Jerry Rigney will address those in attendance.
Saunders will thank the groups that have registered to tackle projects throughout the city, and he will encourage every citizen to participate in the cleanup campaign by focusing on their property and assisting neighbors.
King will talk about the tangible and intangible benefits of the cleanup campaign in blight eradication, neighborhood revitalization and efforts to make Danville a community of choice.
Rigney will talk about the formation of the “Make Danville Shine” campaign.
Limited quantities of T-shirts, paint and supplies will be distributed at the ceremony.
The community-wide cleanup campaign is the first in several years, but city officials hope it will become an annual event.
In support of the campaign, the Public Works Department will allow oversized piles of separated yard waste and household debris to be placed at residential curbsides for collection. It also will waive the cost of tire disposal for up to four tires per household, and it will waive restrictions on construction and demolition debris for the month.
By appointment, crews will collect heavy debris such as bricks, rock and cinder blocks. The department’s mobile recycling trailer will be placed in strategic locations throughout the city.
For neighborhood cleanups, groups can make an appointment for use of roll-off containers.Public Works will waive rental fees for a grapple “bucket” truck and an 18 cubic-yard trailer. Appointments are required for the rental of the truck and trailer.
Citizens are encouraged to submit photographs of their cleanup efforts. To submit photos, email them to MakeDanvilleShine@ci.danville.va.us. They will be posted to the city’s website – www.danville-va.gov – and its Facebook page – www.facebook.com/CityOfDanville.
Any citizen or group wanting more information about the “Make Danville Shine” campaign may contact the Community Development Department at 799-5261 or go the city’s website and then click on the clean-up, paint-up, fix-up tab on the left rail of the page. The website also provides links to educational information regarding property maintenance.