Mayor declares ‘Make It Shine Week’ in Huntington

City Services Superintendent Bob Caley, City Landfill Director Ann Tompkins and Mayor Brooks Fetters (from left) are working together for “Make It Shine Week” in Huntington, seeking volunteers for a cleanup of the city’s downtown area and parks.
City Services Superintendent Bob Caley, City Landfill Director Ann Tompkins and Mayor Brooks Fetters (from left) are working together for “Make It Shine Week” in Huntington, seeking volunteers for a cleanup of the city’s downtown area and parks. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Taking a page from a predecessor, Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters is calling for an effort to make the city "shine."

Fetters has declared the week of April 29 as "Make It Shine Week" in Huntington. He's looking for volunteers to help with cleanup efforts in the downtown area and in the city parks. For city residents who are cleaning up their own properties, the City Landfill will offer extended hours that week.

Fetters says the inspiration came from former Huntington Mayor Roy Howell, who served in the office from 1942 to 1952 and again from 1956 to 1958. Howell's service included the city's centennial celebration in 1948, and he used the occasion to lead residents in an effort to make the city "sparkle" for the celebration.

"When I am out in the community, I have the opportunity to hear from so many citizens that love Huntington and are proud of our city," Fetters said in a news release. "They want to see Huntington well cared for, clean and productive; in other words, they want to see Huntington be the best version of itself that it can be."

Individuals and groups who volunteer to help with the cleanup will work through the City Services Department. They will receive trash bags to use during the cleanup and will be assisted with a location to dispose of the trash they collect.

Bob Caley, superintendent of the City Services Department, recommends that all volunteers wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring gloves.

To volunteer, contact the City Services Department at 356-4720 or email city.services@huntington.in.us.

"I believe that we have a great resource of untapped talent and energy in Huntington that can, and will, serve in volunteer efforts to help improve this city we all call home," Fetters says. "My goal is to use the ‘Make It Shine Week' campaign as a means to focus this energy and talent that will be beneficial to the city, and also give the potential volunteers a sense of satisfaction."

For residents who find themselves with a pile of unwanted items during their own spring cleanups, the City Landfill will be open extended hours April 29 through May 4. The landfill will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday that week, and will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

Regular landfill fees, which are determined by the cubic foot, will be charged. All loads coming to the landfill must be covered by a tarp.

The landfill will accept tires only from passenger cars and passenger trucks, with a limit of 12 tires per household per year.

Hazardous items that are not accepted at the landfill include paint, batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, electronics, fluorescent light bulbs, propane cylinders and appliances that contain or have contained Freon.
Hazardous items may be taken to the Huntington County Solid Waste District Hazardous Waste Facility at the landfill. For information, call the hazardous waste facility at 358-4866.

City residents who have large items to get rid of can purchase a tag from the city clerk-treasurer's office, place the tag on the item and call the City Services Department to have the item picked up. Detailed information is available on the city website, www.huntington.in.us, under the "Orange Sticker" section of the City Services Department.

Complete caption: City Services Superintendent Bob Caley, City Landfill Director Ann Tompkins and Mayor Brooks Fetters (from left) are working together for “Make It Shine Week” in Huntington, seeking volunteers for a cleanup of the city’s downtown area and parks. The landfill will offer extended hours during “Make It Shine Week,” April 29-May 4, for city residents cleaning up their own properties. The grapple truck in the background is always available to pick up large items that have been tagged with a sticker purchased in the city clerk-treasurer’s office.