City launches 'Deep Clean' campaign

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CORDOVA — Cordova residents can get their spring cleaning done early by having their outdoor clutter picked up by the city for free.

Mayor Jeremy Pate announced the launch of the "Deep Clean" street cleaning campaign at Tuesday night's council meeting.

The campaign, which runs through April 1, covers residences in the city limits and is intended to improve the appearance of the city by offering an opportunity to dispose of debris, junk and general clutter at no cost.

"We're going to take this time that we have right now where we have some downtime and work it into the schedule to pick up some things that we don't normally pick up," Pate said.

To take advantage of the offer, residents must carry their unwanted items to the curb and call City Hall at 483-9266 to start a work order to have them picked up.

If residents have items they are unable to move to the street themselves, several organizations have volunteered to assist them, according to Pate.

The campaign does not include waste from commercial sites and construction sites, waste from a residence outside the city limits, hazardous waste, toxic materials, chemical solvents and cleaners, propane tanks, fuels, oils, oxygen tanks, antifreeze, ammunition, fertilizer, flammable materials, paint, car batteries, fluorescent bulbs, hot water tanks, materials containing asbestos or lead and tires.

Residents will be receiving a letter in the mail providing further details about the program, which Pate said is a one-time offer.

The campaign is intended to serve as a grace period for those who are in violation of the city's nuisance ordinance, which covers unsafe structures, inoperable vehicles, weeds, junk and dilapidated mobile homes.

"After April 1, we'll take the necessary actions to bring them into compliance if they don't take advantage of this opportunity," Pate said.

Pate also reported that the ongoing effort to install new street signs and replace signs where necessary should be completed by Friday. Public works employees will also be concentrating on patching potholes, beginning with thoroughfares such as First Street and Green Avenue. 

Council members also learned that the city spent approximately $89,000 of the $106,000 it was allotted in CARES Act funding. Examples of equipment acquired are a cardiac monitor, radios for the fire department and iPads that could be used to conduct virtual meetings if it becomes necessary in the future.