City seeking volunteers for street cleanup effort

WEIRTON — A little bit of spring cleaning is being planned in the city of Weirton.

In collaboration with the West Virginia Adopt-a-Highway and Make it Shine programs, the City of Weirton is planning a community “Spring Street Cleanup” event, and inviting area residents to get involved.

“It’s actually a two-day cleanup,” Francesca Basil, GIS coordinator for the city’s Planning and Development Department, explained.

Efforts will begin Friday with a student-led cleanup of South 11th Street and the Weir High School campus. Basil explained the city’s Public Works Department will have the road closed to traffic throughout the day, and approximately 40 students have signed up to assist with the project.

The next day — May 11 — those interested in helping will gather at the Millsop Community Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m. before heading out into the community for the cleanup, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We have six or seven streets we’re looking at,” Basil said, explaining the city will provide all materials for use during the cleanup.

Volunteers will be focusing on Main Street, Weir Avenue, Marland Heights Road, Cove Hill, West Street Extension and Maryland Avenue. Those interested in participating may sign up by visiting the city’s website at www.cityofweirton.com, or by e-mailing Basil at fbasil@cityofweirton.com.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age, and the city has been reaching out to residents and organizations in the area.

“We’ve sent letters out to Steubenville, New Cumberland and all around Weirton,” Basil noted.

Basil said while this is the first cleanup event scheduled, the city hopes to be able to hold them multiple times a year.

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