Councillor wants more involvement in cleanup

Frank Gale
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Coun. Darlene Oake, a member of the town’s Beautification Committee, didn’t like what she saw when she went for a walk recently.

She was referring to the amount of garbage that can be seen around now that most of the snow is melted, but what seems to irk her most is uncovered garbage that scavenger birds are getting into.

Oake, who made the comments at a recent meeting of the Stephenville town council, said this really creates a mess and people should be aware that the town has adopted regulations stating garbage bags be covered with a blanket or netting to discourage animals/birds from tearing it open.

She encourages apartment building owners to clean up around their properties and noted that the amount of community groups involved in the annual cleanup has been waning over the past few years.

“Whatever work people can to do to pick up around their neighbourhood, I’d encourage them to do,” Oake said.

She did acknowledge that there are some groups that do a great job each year, including the 2904 Cambrai Royal Canadian Army Cadets, the Knights of Columbus and other individuals. She said other organizations interested in doing a cleanup should contact the town.

Mayor Tom O’Brien said the annual cleanup week in Stephenville starts on May 12 and that pickup of items will follow pretty well the same rotation as the regular pickup. He said that could fall a little behind as there are often more items than the regular garbage, so it could end up being a day or two later.

“So the word is to be patient and get your stuff out for pickup,” he said.

Organizations: Beautification Committee, Cambrai Royal Canadian Army Cadets, Knights of Columbus

Geographic location: Stephenville

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