Volunteers sought for summerlong clean-up projects

FLINT TWP. — Volunteers and donations are being sought for the Flint Township Gateway Corridor Beautification Project that will kick-off May 3 with a freeway clean-up.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is planning a project in cooperation with the Genesee County Road Commission to take down dead trees and plant new trees, said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller.

In cooperation with that effort, the township will be organizing clean-ups that will be scheduled periodically throughout the summer, according to Deb Nebraski, a township employee and chief organizer.

Clean-up crews will start by cleaning the freeway ramps along I-75 and I-69, Miller said. So far a group of college student volunteers have signed up to help but more volunteers are needed.

Other groups and individuals interested in helping can find volunteer release forms posted on the township’s website at www.flinttownshp.org.

Clean-up organizers would like to get 30 to 50 volunteers, Miller said. The kick-off Clean Up Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group will meet at the Comfort Inn, 2361 Austin Parkway. Breakfast snacks and lunch wlll be provided.

Miller said that monetary donations also are welcome including food from area restaurants to help feed volunteers.

Keep Genesee County Beautiful has offered to donate garbage bags and vests and gloves for volunteers, Miller said. MTA will provide a bus to help transport volunteers.

Maureen Miller of Baker College is spearheading involvement of student volunteers from several area colleges.

Also the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department will bring in a work detail crew of people assigned to do community service.

Mundy Township is working to organize a cleanup on the same day. That group is targeting freeway ramps near I-75 and Hill Road and U.S. 23, Miller said. Mt. Morris Township also has talked about a coordinated effort for freeways in that are but plans are uncertain at this time, Miller said.

If it rains on May 3, the ramp clean up will be moved to the following Saturday, May 10.

Nebraski said that additional clean-ups will be scheduled throughout the season until fall.

Miller also said that the township has applied for a grant to pay for mowing on the ramps. The road commission provides one or two mowings per season but the township does not have a budget to do more, Miller said.

In a separate beautification and clean-up effort, the Gleaner Greater Flint Arbor will host its annual Join Hands Day at the Flint Township Park also from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 3.

The group includes volunteers, student and church groups and the township Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee in the spring cleaning and spruce-up effort at the Flint Township Park on Norko Drive next to the police station.

This is the sixth year the Gleaners group have spearheaded the park clean-up. Past year projects have included cleaning flowerbeds and replanting annuals, adding wood chips to nature trails, mulching and removing invasive species and pile cuttings.

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