HAZARD — The Perry County Fiscal Court has begun its spring clean ups for this year. Officials hope the clean ups will inspire the residents to take pride in their community.
The Fiscal Court previously held a mini-clean up in the Perry County community of Viper earlier last month. They collected more than 93 tons of trash.
This is the first year The Fiscal Court did the mini-clean up for Viper.
Solid Waste Coordinator Todd Duff said it was important for The Fiscal Court to make the clean up available for residents of District 3, instead of the residents having to travel to other parts of the county to dispose of their bulk items.
“It was phenomenal,” said Duff of the Viper mini-clean up.
Duff said the mini-clean up was a way for The Fiscal Court to get the engine rolling for the spring clean-ups.
A Pride Clean Up took place on the weekend of April 23. The clean up was held at the locations of Krypton Fire Department, Perry County Garage and the Hazard City Garage.
Duff said they wanted to be able to spread out the clean-up locations so residents from each district had a place to take their trash.
They collected more than 98.38 tons of trash in the two days during the clean-up.
Duff feels it is important that the communities come together during the tough times that the county faces.
“We can accomplish more together than we can pulling against each other,” said Duff.
Duff said it was awesome to see the community get behind The Fiscal Court during the clean -ups and how residents want to help support the image of #PerryProud with them.
When Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander took office, he started #PerryProud movement.
“It’s trying to instill into people how great of a place we do have here,” said Alexander.
Alexander said sometimes people speak of negative things about eastern Kentucky, but Alexander said when you stop and look around, there is no better place to live but right here.
One of the main reasons why Alexander thinks the clean-ups are important because he thinks Perry County has a beautiful landscape and wants to make sure there is no trash thrown over the hills or tossed in the rivers.
The next clean up will take place May 19 – May 22 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be three locations residents of Perry County can bring their trash.
The locations include: The Perry County Garage, the old landfill on Shady Ridge Road and the Perry County Water and Sewer in Vicco.
The Fiscal Court will dispose of the trash at no cost to the resident.
Both Alexander and Duff want to thank all of those who have volunteered their time and hard work, Mayor Jimmy Lindon and the City of Hazard, workers of City of Hazard, and Waste Collections.
TJ Caudill is a reporter for The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.