PRIDE cleanup spruces up city
Community members got their hands dirty this weekend to make Basehor a cleaner place to live.
The Basehor PRIDE organizations put together a communitywide cleanup Saturday as a part of the statewide "Keep Kansas Clean, So Our PRIDE Can Be Seen," week, April 21-28.
While the Basehor PRIDE groups have organized a community cleanup almost every year for about 15 years, chairperson Chuck Wilderson said this year was noteworthy.
"It went really well," he said. "I think we had the best turnout ever on the citywide cleanup. I'm pleased with the amount of work we got done."
Lions Club and PRIDE members, as well as other members of the community, including Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia and City clerk Mary Ann Mogle, donned orange safety vests and picked up litter along 155th Street and Leavenworth Road.
Volunteers put in as many hours as they could, with some working all morning and well into the afternoon, Wilderson said.
The Basehor Elementary School Environmental Club also lent a hand in the effort, cleaning up around BES and residential areas.
"We had about 14 kids and a couple of moms that went with us," Environmental Club sponsor Cyndi Kenton said. "We cleaned the school grounds and then hit those five side streets just north of the school. The kids had a good time and picked up a lot of stuff."
Before adults and children began the cleanup, Wilderson provided a safety talk, advising volunteers not to pick up anything dangerous such as dead animals or needles and to walk facing traffic.
"We always have a pre-pickup safety meeting so it ends up being a safe venture," Wilderson said.
Trash bags used by volunteers were provided by the city of Basehor and picked up Monday morning by the city crews. The city also provided a large trash receptacle in City Park.
Wilderson said he hoped next year cleanup volunteers can receive lunch at once their work is done. Other than that, Saturday was a successful effort.
"It was a good day and a good turnout, so I was really pleased," Wilderson said.