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Village prepares for clean-up days



COAL GROVE — In a little less than a week, the Village of Coal Grove will kick off its annual spring clean-up week.

With proof of residency, Coal Grove residents can unload trash at dumpsters placed at the water plant on Riverside Drive April 30 through May 5. Drop-off will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The last day of the village clean-up coincides with the Lawrence Countywide Cleanup Day May 5.

At Monday night’s council meeting, councilwoman Juelda Collins, acting as mayor pro tem, said anyone who wants to help clean up trash around the village on May 5 should meet at Paul Porter Park at 8:50 a.m.

“We’d love to have volunteers,” Collins said.

Councilman Tim Sexton said anyone who needs help with large items during the clean-up week can call the village hall to schedule a pick-up.

In other business of the village:

• Council approved the purchase of a new gate for the impound lot at a cost of $1,000. Collins said the current gate is broken.

• Council approved the contract for the annual fireworks display of $8,500, half which must be paid upon signing the contract.

Council agreed that the July fireworks event is important to the village and something the village is known for.

The Coal Grove Betterment Club also donates money for the cost of the display, as do area businesses.

Councilman Chris Brammer said he had some ideas to help raise money to curtail the expense.

In June, Brammer said, he would like to have a 5K race to help raise money for the fireworks. Any money remaining would go into a recreation fund to be used for repairs at the park or lights for the Christmas display.

• Police Chief Eric Spurlock informed council of a vehicle auction at 10 a.m. May 12 at the village impound lot. There will he a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a truck for auction.

• Council entered into an executive session to discuss collection bargaining.