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Projects NICE And KEEP Cleanup Sioux Falls

April 14, 2014, 5:04 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Projects NICE And KEEP Cleanup Sioux Falls

Projects NICE and KEEP are off and running. Monday, crews were busy hitting the three select neighborhoods that are receiving help this year.

Projects NICE and KEEP started when the city realized the number of nuisance complaints was going up faster than the population.

"When one person doesn't maintain their property, or keeps items in their property, then the whole neighborhood is adversely affected by that," LuAnn Ford with the Sioux Falls Health Department said. 

Monday, there are about 100 crews in the three neighborhoods, picking up trash. The crews are made up of city employees who volunteer for the job.

"It's something I've done in the past couple years and I really enjoy it. You feel like you're helping out the community, making Sioux Falls a better place. And I love Sioux Falls," Civil Technician Tony Schnetter said.

The neighborhoods are selected based on the number of nuisance complaints, property maintenance complaints and police calls in the area. The city also looks at who might need a helping hand.

"It's a great way for people to get rid of stuff they haven't had the opportunity, or if they don't have a vehicle to get it to the landfill, it gets to the landfill where it belongs," Schnetter said. 

Some neighborhoods have also seen scavangers getting to the piles before the city arrives.

"I think that if they're up-cycling and recycling and making good use out of stuff we can't use that's awesome," Sioux Falls resident Mickie Sweeney said. 

Sweeney says this is a great thing for Sioux Falls and Mother Nature.

"The earth is just going to take a big sigh of relief when everything is gone and go, 'Ah,'" Sweeney said.

You can find out which neighborhoods are receiving pick-ups, and what can be left on the curb, at the City's website

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