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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Final preparations are being made for a Portsmouth citywide cleanup scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is being organized by the staff of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District in cooperation with Portsmouth Municipal Court and other agencies.

Kyle McCain, Portsmouth Municipal Court Spokesman said the idea for the event came from Portsmouth Municipal Judge Steven Mowery.

He said during the event roll-off containers will be at four locations throughout the city. Locations include the Portsmouth City Building, Farley Square, Wayne Hills and in Sciotoville.

“Since this is a citywide cleanup, those wishing to drop items off will need to provided proof of residency such as a driver’s license, water bill or another form of residency,” McCain said.

He said the items that will not be accepted at the event include batteries, appliances that containing freon or household chemicals.

“Tires will be accepted at the Portsmouth City Building location only. Residents from across the city could bring the tires they want to have disposed of to the city building and we will properly dispose of them,” McCain said.

He said there is no limit on the amount of tires on can drop off.

McCain did stress the event is only open to residents of the city of Portsmouth and not businesses or contractors.

“We’re going to have volunteers at each of the sites to monitor the items for things that can’t be taken. We will also have someone at the city building taking names and how many tires they are dropping off,” McCain said.

Bob Gambill, local business owner and one of the event organizers said, “For the first go-around of anything like this, this is the biggest cleanup event that’s happened in the city to my knowledge.”

McCain said Scioto County is providing a back-hoe for the city building location, to smash the contents of the roll off down, so more can fit in them.

“We are going to have people at each of the sites to unload vehicles so people don’t have to get out when unloading,” McCain said.

According to promotional material for the event, “Portsmouth belongs to each of us who choose to live and work here. It’s our responsibility to help make it shine. We are hoping for a successful event and the result will prove it.”

Others who are helping to organize the event include city of Portsmouth Community Development Fair Housing, Bob Gambill, Neal Hatcher, Scioto County Commissioners and Billy Whitaker among many others.

For more information about the event call McCain at 740-353-7367.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.

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