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12/7/2013 1:48:00 PM
Letter: Thanks for de-trashing Camp Verde

Editor:

I would like to express "Thank you" to all those who made the effort to clean our roadways within the Town of Camp Verde, Hwy 260 and sections of I-17. As I drove our streets and highways during the month of November (one of four months in which roadway cleanup is encouraged), I saw citizens bagging trash.

The roadways and streets still have some attention needed in various areas, however these unsung heroes certainly made a dent in the trash littered along our roads.

They certainly don't look for recognition but what a service to us all. School groups who have participated are especially appreciated as we have young people who are learning the importance of citizens contributing to their community. I was recently asked by a youthful student, "Why more adults didn't participate"? My answer was "I don't honestly know!" Perhaps we can do better with the month of March, when once again businesses, students, groups, and hopefully even more adults take to the roadways to pick up the trash and litter thereby bringing sprucing up our community.

My thanks also goes to ADOT and the elves who have mowed the rights-of-way making it safer for volunteers, and to the crew who removes all of those blue, orange, and black bags of litter.

Thank you all from those of us who see and appreciate your "gift" to our community. Best Wishes and Merry Christmas!

Charlie German

Mayor, Camp Verde




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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013
Article comment by: gary chamberlain

Dear Mayor German,

Thank you for taking the time to recognize the efforts of those which pick up highway litter and hopefully other Mayors will follow your lead.

Since the Town of Camp Verde has become more involved in highway and community litter in general the results are being noticed.

Recently the American Heritage Academy students and teachers took on the task of removing litter from Finne Flats Road four times per year and hopefully other schools in the community will make this there goal.

November was a big month for removing highway litter. Between November 8 and November 17, 2013, there were 184 bags of trash picked up on Highway 89A between Cottonwood and Sedona plus Highway 260 between Cottonwood and Camp Verde by the following groups.

These Highway 89A groups were noticed: Rio Verde Roverett’s, Inc. MP 355-356, Immaculate Conception Parish MP 357-358, Knights of Columbus Council #2493, Sedona Boy Scout Troop #48 MP 360-361, Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition MP 361-362, Sedona Pines LLC MP 364-365, Sedona Pines Resort MP 365-366 and Rotary Club of Sedona MP 369-370.

These Highway 260 groups were noticed: Verde Village Property Owners Association MP 207–209, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department MP 212-213, Highlands Resort at Verde Ridge MP 217-218, American Legion Family Post #93 MP 219-220 and Copper Canyon Academy MP 224-225.

Many hands with one goal can make a difference and it can never be the same people doing all the work. These folks deserve our recognition.

Respectfully,

Gary Chamberlain
Cornville AZ




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