Leadville News – May 15

Leadville, Clean Up Your Act, Yard, Sidewalk . . 

It’s that time of year! As the snow melts away, and lawns and hillsides everywhere give up their winter treasures and trash, it’s time to do some spring cleaning! As usual, there are a few opportunities for Leadville and Lake County residents to help out with local efforts for cleaning up the town. So here’s the rundown of Community Clean-Up opportunities, please do what you can to help.

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Leadville businesses on historic Harrison Avenue, like Melanzana, are leading the way in the spring clean-up in Leadville Today. Looking good – your efforts are much appreciated. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

In between the Spring snowstorms, most Leadville and Lake County residents have caught glimpses of the ground and all the dirt and mess that gets covered up during the winter. However, by this weekend, most of that snow will go, and the list of chores will grow! Clean up the yard, get that garage under control, and FINALLY, make a dump run.

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Fortunately, help is on the way, with the Annual Spring Voucher Program at the Lake County Landfill which kicked off last Saturday, May 19. During the program, Lake County residents will receive a voucher for an equal or lesser amount of trash, to be redeemed in one trip. (Example: If you bring 3 yards of trash, you will receive a voucher for 3 yards of trash, which may be redeemed in one trip, not a little bit at a time). You will receive a voucher from May 19 thru October 20 for paid loads. Those vouchers may be used from May 19 thru December 31, 2018. It’s a great motivator to remove the trash from your property. For voucher program guidelines: CLICK

In other clean-up news, the recycle bins have been removed from the Community Park location. And this time it’s not due to a trash issue but rather a labor shortage. The landfill is down to 3, now 2 employees, and the advertised positions are not getting filled. As a result, priorities have shifted and there is no longer the staff available to haul up the recyclables from this location.

Therefore, folks who use these recycle bins will now have to take those items directly up to the facility at the landfill. Readers should note that they can still drop off recyclables into these bins which will now be at the landfill on Wednesdays and Thursdays, the days when the facility is officially closed. The good news for southern Lake County, is that the bins will remain open in Twin Lakes. UPDATE: This remote recycling center located on County Road 10 has also been temporarily closed due to a labor shortage in Leadville Today.  All recycling will now need to be taken directly to the facility at the landfill until further notice. By the way,  according to Lake County Public Works Director Brad Palmer even if the jobs are filled, there’s no guarantee the bins will re-open any time soon, because of the heavy work load crews have on the calendar this summer.

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Called to a higher purpose, workers repair the aluminum siding to the steeple of Leadville’s historic Annunciation Church. The two Catholic Churches which make up Holy Family Parish in Leadville have been undergoing major repair and restoration work for the past couple of years. The efforts are really paying off, but there’s still BIG work ahead. Photo: Leadville Today

Users of Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail (MBT) should also make note of some upcoming cleanup and repair work which will begin next week on the popular non-motorized trail. Beginning Monday, May 21 Lake County Road and Bridge crews will be doing shoulder work repair on the pathway. Users should take caution of work crews signs and reduce speeds in these work zones, please. The shoulder repair work will utilize some heavy equipment, allowing the side edges of the trail to be regenerated, repairing some of the erosion that has occurred on the widely used 11.5 mile loop around town. This work will begin at 12th Street & Alder (the animal shelter), continuing clockwise  along the path, and should wrap up mid-June. Please respect the work crews on this project or the entire trail could be shut down during the process. 

In addition, according to Lake County Public works Director Brad Palmer, the MBT is scheduled to go through a sealant process at the end of June. This process will be a bit more involved with more details to be released as the time draws closer; but for those who have plans for using the MBT in late June – Heads up! 

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It’s bye-bye to the recycle bins at the Lake County Community Park location. And this time it’s not a trash issue, but a labor shortage that has the satellite location on pause, indefinitely. Photo: Leadville Today

The Leadville & Lake County Annual Community Clean-up event is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. This year, volunteers are being asked to meet at the back deck of the Elks Lodge. From there volunteers are broken up into teams and dispersed throughout the city for zone clean-up detail. Recycle & trash bags, as well as gloves will be available.

And last, but not least because it is fast becoming an annual event not to be missed, is the Annual Leadville Jewish Cemetery Clean Up Weekend, this year on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. Now in its 22nd year, this cleanup helps to beautify the resting places of the dearly departed laid to rest in the beautiful Jewish Cemetery adjacent to the Evergreen cemetery in Leadville. There is an entire weekend of events planned, featuring Shabbat Morning service led by Rabbi Sara Gilbert. This event has become an annual pilgrimage for many from the front range Jewish Community. The public is welcome and more details can be found HERE.

Also, a reminder for residents and heads up for newbies, the Leadville Police Department (LPD) has been stepping up enforcement of Municipal Code 8.08.020, which deals with trash enforcement. Citations were issued last year and you will see the enforcers out on patrol. The department has already begun the “abatement” process on many properties in the city. The LPD will cite and/or summons to court individuals who are in violation and fail to respond to notices to clean it up. You can find the specifics to the municipal code HERE.

Well, there you have it it’s time to brush the long cold winter off this town! And there’s plenty of opportunity to pitch in and help out!

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