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Marysville celebrates Clean Sweep Week

Arlington High School Class of 2012 graduate Makenzie Milless helped load the bins for last year’s community Shred-A-Thon. - File photo.
Arlington High School Class of 2012 graduate Makenzie Milless helped load the bins for last year’s community Shred-A-Thon.
— image credit: File photo.

MARYSVILLE — The city of Marysville is working in partnership with various local businesses, churches and nonprofit groups to wrap up Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 26, marking the culmination of the annual weeklong celebration of free activities to help residents get their spring cleaning off on the right foot.

“We are looking for more volunteers and volunteer groups, especially on April 26, to step up and show their civic pride by helping us tackle cleaning and beautification projects that will make Marysville a more attractive and livable community,” Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring said. “We hope that the week will inspire others to conduct their own neighborhood cleanups, or spruce up the appearance of their own property.”

To participate in city-sponsored activities, contact city of Marysville Parks Maintenance Manager Mike Robinson, by phone at 360-363-8406 or via email at mrobinson@marysvillewa.gov. Volunteer opportunities on April 26 include painting over graffiti, beautification and park landscaping projects.

Last year, Marysville worked with residents in three neighborhoods to provide free pickups of unsightly accumulations of household trash, broken furniture and furnishings, tires, cardboard, wood and scrap lumber, concrete and other non-hazardous materials left at curbside for crews to collect.

This year, city officials are turning their attention to homes with frontage or street addresses along Marysville’s three busiest and highly visible north-south roadways: State Avenue, 51st Avenue/Shoultes Road and 67th Avenue. Door hangers will be distributed to more than 1,000 homes along these routes, a ticket to making neighborhoods along the roads cleaner and more attractive. City crews will also clear brush and pressure-wash pedestrian walkways where needed. The cleanups are a concerted effort between the Marysville City Hall, Public Works, Community Development, Code Enforcement, and Parks and Recreation departments.

The Marysville City Council budgeted $60,000 for neighborhood Clean Sweep activities in 2014.

“By participating or volunteering to join in Clean Sweep activities, to spruce up your own homes and property, you will also be giving the same tender-loving care to your community and its ongoing beautification campaign,” Nehring said.

The graffiti paint-out, park beautification and landscaping projects will run from 10 a.m. on 1 p.m. on April 26.

Volunteers for this community-wide graffiti paint-out will get to send a message to graffiti vandals and taggers that graffiti won’t be tolerated in Marysville. Crews will meet at the Jennings Park Office to receive their painting materials and location assignments for “hot spots” and street-side fences where homeowners have been victimized. Robinson recommends wearing old clothes that you won’t mind getting messy, and signing up early to be assigned to a team.

From 9 a.m. to noon that same Saturday, the Marysville City Hall parking lot will again serve as the site for the annual Shred-A-Thon, designed to offer an opportunity for taxpayers and record-keepers to dispose of sensitive personal and financial documents, without making themselves victims of identity theft.

This free community event is sponsored by HomeStreet Bank, the North County Outlook, the city of Marysville and American Data Guard. There’s a six-box limit per person, and participants must remain until their documents are destroyed.

PC recycling is also scheduled for the same event, so bring your old PCs and other digital devices, to donate to the Marysville Arts and Technology High School’s LAN Club. The students will wipe out your data, then restore the items for fundraisers and donations to Third World schools. Donate only the following items only:

  • Computer towers.
  • Laptops.
  • Tablets.
  • E-readers.
  • Keyboards and mouse units.
  • Flat monitors — no bulky CRT monitors.
  • Digital cameras and video recorders.
  • System install disks.

Styrofoam disposal will also occur on site.

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