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May 18 event now in its second year

It’s time for spring cleaning once again in the city of Cornelius.

For the second consecutive year, volunteers all around the community will be pitching in to help with “Take Care of Cornelius Day” activities.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, teams will meet at the Cornelius Fred Meyer store to be given their assignments, and from 9 a.m. until noon the volunteers will disperse into different parts of the community to pick up trash and generally spruce up the city.

Rick Adams, foreman of the Cornelius Public Works Department, said there are a number of valuable projects city officials want to complete during this year’s cleanup event.

“There will be the typical garbage pickup along Baseline Road the whole length of the city, and along both sides of the railroad tracks too,” Adams said. “Also, we’ll paint the hand railings on the bridge on Fawn Street; paint the restrooms and put down bark dust at Harleman Park, Dogwood Park and Water Park; and the Girl Scouts will be replanting flowers at the city’s buildings.”

Adams said bark dust is being provided by Northwest Environmental & Recycling, a Cornelius business.

“They gave us a pretty good discount,” he said.

City Manager Rob Drake said a lot of trash can accumulate along the main roadways through the city, and there's no shortage of trash to be picked up. “It will depend on the level of turnout about how much we will get done,” said Drake. “We filled nearly four large dumpsters last year.”

Drake said the bins and dumping access were all provided at no cost to the city by Cornelius Disposal Service.

Support for the cleanup also came from the Portland & Western Railroad, which operates two east-west rail lines through Cornelius.

According to Drake, the railroad will also have an official known as a “trainmaster” on hand May 18 to make sure a train doesn’t come through town while volunteers are cleaning around the railroad tracks.

“They provide someone to physically be on site all morning to protect our volunteers,” Drake said. “The railroad has been very supportive both years of the cleanup.”

Adams said the event had a great turnout last year.

“We had roughly 150 to 200 volunteers," he said. "I’m kind of expecting the same if not more volunteers this year, and I hope the weather cooperates.”

Adams said those interested in taking part in the cleanup activities can call Cornelius City Hall or just show up at Fred Meyer at 8:30 a.m.

“There’ll be a swarm of people,” he said.

Sponsors of the cleanup include Cornelius Disposal Service, SOLV, Sonic Drive-In, Human Bean Coffee, Fred Meyer, Metro, city of Cornelius, Washington County, Portland & Western Railroad and Gratteri’s Tire Service.

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