Mayor proclaims ‘Clean-up Week’ in Pagosa Springs

According to an article by reporter Marshall Dunham posted in this morning’s weekly newspaper, the Pagosa Springs SUN, the Town of Pagosa Springs has scheduled its annual “Clean-up Week” for May 15-20. This community service is available to residential properties within the Town limits.

The Clean-up Week event has been around for quite a while, and in years past, the Town allowed homeowners and residents to place unwanted trash at a curbside near their home, to be picked up by Town-organized crews.

Here’s the Town’s announcement from 2008, beginning with an invitation from then-Mayor Ross Aragon:

“Over the past two decades, the pride in our community has increased dramatically. Improvements in the physical infrastructure and cleaner neighborhoods have been occurring every year. This year I would like to personally urge you to participate in Clean-Up Week 2008.”

To assist citizens in cleaning up the community, the town and other entities will provide:

1) Dumpsters for trash will be located at the end of South 5th Street within the Sanitation District fence. The site will be open for dumping from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday (May 12-18).

2) Curbside pickup of larger items such as old lumber, branches or appliances placed along the curb or right-of-way will be completed according to the below schedule.

  • Monday (May 12): North 1st Street-North 5th Street.
  • Tuesday (May 13): North 5th Street-North 14th Street.
  • Wednesday (May 14): San Juan Street/Hot Springs Boulevard-South 6th Street.
  • Thursday (May 15): South 7th Street-10th Street (Garvin Addition).
  • Friday (May 16): Bienvenido Street and Piedra Estates.

According to a newsletter sent out by the Town, the 2017 clean-up event now requires residents to deliver their trash to the Streets Department shop on South 5th Street. But the invitation stills sounds familiar… although it’s signed by our current mayor, Don Volger:

“Over the past two decades, the pride in our community has increased dramatically. Improvements in the physical infrastructure and cleaner neighborhoods have been occurring every year…”

The Town will not accept:

  • Household trash
  • Hazardous materials
  • Engines
  • Batteries
  • Tires
  • Appliances with Freon
  • Building or construction materials

For those of us who’ve lived in Archuleta County for the past three decades, we have noticed that, indeed, the community has managed to move a considerable amount of trash out of people’s yards and into the county landfill.  The Town’s annual Clean-up Week has played an important role in this transformation.

The 2017 newsletter concludes, “Your help during Clean-Up Week 2017 is essential to making Pagosa Springs a beautiful and healthy community for all of us to live within and enjoy.”

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Bill Hudson

Bill Hudson founded the Pagosa Daily Post in 2004 in hopes of making a decent living writing about local politics. The hope remains.