Payson Official Aims To Clean Up The Town

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The Town of Payson is hosting a "Summer Neighborhood Cleanup" kickoff party, Saturday, June 5.

Marcy Rogers, planning specialist with the town, heads the program for the second year in a row.

"We're hoping to have 75 to 100 kids and another 50 adults," Rogers said.

Last year, Rogers organized four cleanup parties and says everyone had such a good time, they wanted to do it again.

Rogers has a busy schedule this summer heading the Bicycle Program and Community Kids Program and reduced the number of cleanup days from four to two.

"They've been calling and calling, wanting to do this again," she said, "and we couldn't let them down."

The group will start off at the First Baptist Church at Bonita and Colcord at 8:30 a.m., where they will be formed into teams for trash removal on Main Street, Bonita and Colcord.

"Lt. Don Engler will give a safety talk and then we'll work for two hours really hard," Rogers said.

The teams will meet at the park after 11 a.m. and will have hot dogs cooked by the Knights of Columbus, soda, chips and ice cream.

The Payson Fire Department will provide a fire truck for a water party and there'll be drawings for prizes for both adults and children.

Refreshments and prizes have been donated by 40 local businesses and organizations.

Payson Pines Subdivision and Bike 'n Hike have donated a Specialized Fat Boy bicycle for one very lucky young participant in the cleanup.

Rogers suggests that participants bring their rakes, gloves, hats, and lots of sunscreen.

"It'll go real fast and be real fun, as usual," she said.

Anyone who wants to be on a cleanup team or who is interested in getting some help with trash removal can call Marcy Rogers at 474-5242, extension 354.

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