Citywide clean up Saturday


Residents of West Liberty are invited to help the Chamber of Commerce with a city wide volunteer beautification project this Saturday.

The West Liberty Chamber of Commerce decided to keep the focus on specific areas downtown because of the Tractorcade coming to the Muscatine County fairgrounds in West Liberty the following day.

Chamber Chief Operating Officer Charles Brooke said volunteers are asked to meet at the WeLead Economic Development building on Third Street in the downtown area at 8 a.m. to get clean-up supplies.

“We have trash bags,” Brooke said. “We have a few pickers donated from some other organizations and we’ve got some gloves and trash bags.”

From there, volunteers will be assigned to an area to focus on, he added.

The areas being focused on are from the library to the Railroad Depot museum to downtown West Liberty.

“If we have enough people, I’m going to have the (West Liberty School District) FFA take one route and the walking trail up to the high school and really beautify that as much as we can,” Brooke said. “But beyond that it’s just trying to get out, reach out and try to get to my organizations to get more people involved but all they’re doing is picking up more trash and making it look better.”

Trash bags will be left at two main locations, Ron de Voo Park near the alley and the gravel parking lot at the football field off Elm Street, he added.

“The city is working with us to pick up the trash bags after 11 a.m. in those locations,” Brooke said.

If things go well this year, Brooke said he could see the beautification project expanding to other areas in town such as the such as the city parks.