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Court program ready to scour Ironton blocks

When it comes to cleaning up Ironton, Judge O. Clark Collins Jr. wants to make sure "No Block gets Left Behind."

Collins, Ironton Municipal Judge and organizer of the city's community service work program, wants the community to get involved with the new "No Block Left Behind" cleanup that will begin Monday and last through much of the summer.

"We hope to be able to make a difference with this ongoing problem," Judge Collins said. "So many of our alleys and blocks contain unwanted items for disposal. Ironton is an attractive city with lots of fine, old homes and neighborhoods. It will be a positive move to spruce up the neighborhoods."

The community service workers will canvas the entire city. The workers will leave door hangers let residents know they will be in the neighborhood for a few days.

Residents should place any unwanted items or trash in the alley or near the tree lawn. For assistance, residents can contact the court for help.

Mayor John Elam called the program a great benefit for the city.

"It allows people to put things out that would place a hardship on the sanitation workers. So it works hand in hand with garbage collection," Elam said. "It is a good program and I hope people utilize it to the fullest."

The community service program is likely to be busy in upcoming months with several other projects as well including helping with the setup and cleanup after the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament later this week, preparing for Navy Night and the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade.

Last week, the community service workers picked up more than 1,000 tires in Elizabeth Township and are now focusing on Ironton and Coal Grove areas, Collins said.

"It will be a busy summer for us," he said. "But I believe we are ready for the challenge."