Hilltop cleanup set for Saturday

STEUBENVILLE – Bridget O’Keefe was walking through the J.C. Williams Center Monday afternoon when she was recruited to pose as a college student for a photo promoting the annual Hilltop Community Development Corp.’s spring litter cleanup set for Saturday.

After listening to the organizers of the cleanup explain the purpose for the event, O’Keefe, who is a Franciscan University of Steubenville student, said she was going to try to join the estimated 35 university students at 11 a.m. Saturday to pick up litter in the LaBelle and Pleasant Heights neighborhoods.

“We are asking our neighborhood residents to help us keep our neighborhood free of litter. Anyone who can’t participate Saturday can also assist us in a small way by picking up litter that is on or near your property, street or alley. Place the litter in a plastic bag and leave it on the corner of your block and a volunteer will come by Saturday morning and remove the bagged litter,” stated Teresa DiCarlantonio of the Hilltop CDC.

“I suggest volunteers wear older clothing. Volunteers are encouraged to meet at 11 a.m. at Piece of Pie Park on LaBelle or the Trinity (Medical Center) East Hospital front parking lot. We will provide gloves and bags, and a lunch will be provided after the cleanup is completed,” DiCarlantonio said.

Mike Florak of the Franciscan University of Steubenville community relations office has been encouraging university students to spend a couple hours Saturday helping to pick up litter in the city’s two hill top neighborhoods.

“We ask our students to help in the community anytime they can. We look forward to doing our part in keeping the community clean,” said Florak.

Jonathan Redfield of the university student government said he has been recruiting students, including members of the Harmonium Project to take advantage of the weather and spend a couple of hours bringing some beauty to the two neighborhoods.

“I am spreading the word and hopefully we will get more students to take some time Saturday to give back to the community,” noted Redfield.

“You are a very strong community support system. You are helping us to bring awareness to our neighborhood about the problem of litter. And you are setting an excellent example of keeping out yards and streets clean. I also appreciate your energy, drive and commitment to the environment,” DiCarlantonio told Redfield.

One new aspect to the annual spring cleanup this year will come with the appearance of Steubenville Code Enforcement Officer Shawn Scott who will be issuing warning letters and citations to severe litter violators.

“I will be taking a systematic approach in the alleys between Summit and Rosswell avenues and the 1200 and 1300 block between Maryland and Pennsylvania avenues. Residents who are dumping litter and trash in those areas are on notice they may receive a citation,” Scott announced.

Scott also has scheduled a tire collection project for May 31.

“Our main dropoff site will be at the corner of Lincoln and Wilson avenues. And we will have two satellite dropoff sites at the empty lot at State Street and Union Avenue on Pleasant Heights and at the Water Tower property on LaBelle. City residents can start dropping off their tires at those sites starting May 26 and we will be at the tire dropoff sites on May 31 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.,” said Scott. “I would also like to emphasize the tire collection is a free program,” added Scott.