OTTUMWA — The annual Make Ottumwa Shine week is in full swing, and the city is on its way to becoming cleaner and ready for summer.
According to Ottumwa Health and Inspections Department Director Jody Gates, so far the week has gone pretty well when the weather has allowed for cleaning.
“We have been very busy,” she said. “It’s been good so far.”
Teams of volunteers have been hitting spots all over town, and Gates said there have even been more areas adopted as the week has progressed. There are still spots open for adoption for those who want to get signed up before the week ends.
To wrap up the week, there will be a free landfill day Saturday, which is open to Wapello and Davis County residents, except for those living in Eddyville because they are not in the Ottumwa/Wapello County Solid Waste Planning Area.
Community members can either go to the Ottumwa Landfill or Ottumwa Recycling Center from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. or to the Ottumwa Water and Hydro parking lot on Market Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Gates said there are some procedures that guests need to follow so they can get people in and out of each drop-off site. She said people need to bag items that can be taken away by the wind, since the week is all about cleaning the community, not making more litter. Guests going to the Market Street site should also enter on the west side of the parking lot off Kitterman Avenue.
Once people get to each of the drop-off sites, volunteers will help get things sorted. Gates said they are still looking for help with sorting and unloading, and anyone who wants to help should call the Ottumwa Landfill at 683-0644.
“We can still use some volunteers to help folks unload things at the landfill,” she said.