Jessamine County Road Department set to begin County-Wide Clean-Up
Clean-up of debris from the Ice Storm of ’09 might just now be wrapping up, but the Jessamine County Road Department (JCRD) has no plans to ease up efforts to help keep Jessamine County clean: The JCRD’s annual effort to help Jessamine County residents clean up their properties through the County Wide Clean-up is just around the corner.
On April 4 – 11, Jessamine County Fiscal Court, in collaboration with the City of Nicholasville and City of Wilmore, will host the County Wide Clean-up and allow residents to dispose of residential debris for free at two dumpsites. To prevent illegal dumping, JCRD has established two locations: the Jessamine County Road Department on Longview Drive in Nicholasville or Witt Lane in Wilmore.
In the past, the JCRD has allowed residents to call them for pick-up. This year, they are asking those residents who are capable of doing so to lend a hand by hauling the materials themselves. For residents who do not have the resources to haul the materials to one of the two dumpsites, JCRD will continue to do pick-up.
Mike Cassidy, Jessamine County’s Solid Waste and Storm Water Coordinator, encourages residents of Jessamine County to volunteer their time and services. “The majority of the clean-up is conducted by county employees, but there are two ways that residents can help. First, we strongly encourage residents who are able to haul their own debris to do so. Second, we want residents to know they can also lend their help by participating in the adopt-a-road recycling and beautification campaign.”
“Anyone in the community can participate and we will provide the bags to collect the recyclables and trash on Jessamine County roadways,” Cassidy said.
During the clean-up, restrictions will be placed on the types of debris that can be disposed of. Commercial debris (shingles, dry wall, lumber, etc) and normal household waste (daily trash and food garbage) will not be accepted. Storm brush will also not be accepted at this time. If you dispose of wet paint, it must be mixed into a solid with sand or kitty litter, with all tops removed.
During the clean-up, the JCRD will have extended hours Saturday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m, with no service on Sunday. For instructions on unloading or questions about allowable debris, please stop by or call the JCRD, 859-885-5281.
For more information or for curb-side pick-up, please contact the appropriate office.
*Jessamine County (for county residents) 859-885-5281
*City of Nicholasville (Nicholasville residents) 859-885-1321
City of Wilmore (Wilmore residents) 859-858-4411
*Indicates Curb-Side Pick-up is Available and must be on the curb by April 4.
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Step-Into-Spring walking program kicks off with new advantages
After working together to spruce up their Step-Into-Spring” walking program, the Jessamine County Health Department and County Extension Office are expecting “more participants in 2009 than ever before,” according to JCHD Health Educator Andrea Brown.
“Step-Into-Spring” is a free walking program for Jessamine County to help increase the awareness of overall health and well-being as a community. “The overall objective is to walk or jog a minimum of three days per week over a 10 week period,” said Brown. “We will reward participants and their efforts through various incentives throughout the program.”Joining the program is “easier and more convenient” this year, according to Brown, because participants can now register and download their log sheets to track mileage online at the newly created website: www.stepintospringjessamine.com . Residents can also register to be a participant at the JCHD (215 East Maple St.).
Participants who complete the 10 week program and return their log sheets to the JCHD by Monday, May 29th, are eligible for “Step-Into-Spring” incentives (available at completion of the program) from various organizations and businesses in central Kentucky.
“We are hoping that most people will go to the website to register,” said Brown. “The more successful the program and program website become, the great chance we have of securing a grant that will allow us to expand the website next year to be able to track the mileage for each participant online.”
For more information or help with registration, please contact the JCHD at (859) 885-4149 or the JCEO at (859) 885-4811; or visit the website to begin your registration today: www.stepintospringjessamine.com.