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Stepped Up Efforts To Clean Up Community with Corrections Crews

Monday April 19, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that he has increased the number of crews from the Corrections Center - working seven days a week for the first time - that are picking up trash along major roadways in Louisville.

“We always want our community to look its best,” Abramson said. “But after winter, and heading into the Derby season, it’s time for our community to do its own version of spring cleaning. Utilizing crews from the corrections center allows us to hit major roadways and visible areas quickly and continuously and it gives inmates at the center the opportunity to give back to the community.”
 
Abramson said three crews - each with up to eight inmates and a supervising officer - are working along major roadways. Between the three crews, Abramson said trash pickup is occurring seven days a week, 10 hours a day.
 
In previous years, only one crew picked up trash along major roadways. State anti-litter money is being used to help defer some of the costs of the trash pickup.

In addition to working roads and picking up trash and litter, crews have been assisting with special projects such as cleanups at Beargrass Creek and after Thunder Over Louisville.
 
Several days ago, for example, a crew worked 4.5 miles along Indian Trail, Produce Lane and Hikes Lane, picking up 200 large garbage bags full of trash, plus a dozen tires, a car hood, an old mattress and bricks.
 
A crew is working today in the area around Jefferson Mall.

For information about times and places where crews are working specifically, call Phil Miller at 574-1901.