MOUNT VERNON — The generous efforts of a few willing volunteers went a long way Saturday in cleaning up the trash behind Valley Plaza on Coshocton Avenue.
The situation of trash littering the ground behind the shopping plaza behind the businesses of Sears, Dollar Tree and others was mentioned at a meeting of Mount Vernon City Council on April 8. A photo of some of the trash that had accumulated in this area was then published in the News on April 9, which caught the attention of a few city residents.
Coming to the aid of this trashy situation was Charles Reitsma who decided to invite four area youth groups to assist in cleaning up the area Saturday morning. “I saw the picture in the paper and just decided I wanted to do this,” said Reitsma, who contacted those in the Boy Scouts as well as groups from First Presbyterian Church, Journey Church and New Life. “It was a sense of a calling. I felt that God wanted me to do it.”
Reitsma contacted the business owners in the plaza who agreed to help dispose of the trash in their Dumpsters. They have also shared concern about trash piling up in the area due to illegal dumping. Debris from a recent roof contracting job also reportedly contributed to the debris.
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