By CHRIS MORRIS
Garry Teigland said he was looking to get involved in his community, so he decided to take on the leadership role for the Edwardsville spring cleanup event slated for April 27.
But this is more than picking up a few cans or a stray piece of paper. This project involves coordinating more than 100 volunteers throughout different areas of the Edwardsville/Georgetown corridor including clearing and picking up trash in five waterways.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Volunteers will meet at Tunnel Hill Christian Church Pavilion from 8:15 to 9 a.m. to register. Doughnuts and juice will be provided. After the work is completed, lunch will be served at the pavilion from 1 to 2 p.m.
Last year was the first for the cleanup and Teigland said it was a huge success. He is expecting the same, if not more volunteers the second time around.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Teigland, who chairs the project. “It helps me get involved and take a lead role.”
While several volunteers have already signed up, Teigland said anyone can show up the day of the event to help.
Teigland said there are five different areas and waterways that volunteers will concentrate on, including Carolyn Avenue; Interstate 64 ramp right-of-way near Jeff Smith marathon; Tunnel Hill Triangle; and the area around the Edwardsville sign/triangle.
Don Lopp, director of operations and Floyd County planner, said part of the Edwardsville Gateway Plan was to get the community involved with beautification projects. He said the Edwardsville corridor is one of two major entrances into the county — the other being the Highlander Point area.
“You will see more action this year than last year in the area,” Lopp said of the Edwardsvile corridor. “We really have a good core of folks and other volunteers that have been part of the event and we are very excited about it.”
Orange vests, gloves, rakes, shovels and other equipment will be provided. Volunteers will have to sign a release form before participating.
For more information, call Teigland at 812-207-1083 or Lopp at 812-948-4110.