MUSCATINE, Iowa — At Thursday evening's council meeting the city approved a new community garden and set the date for the annual spring cleanup. They were also visited by a new group forming to save the Greenwood Cemetery steps.
A new community garden
The council unanimously approved a request to use a portion of Taylor Park near Franklin Elementary School as the site of a Community Garden program. The program, a Leadership Muscatine program and Blue Zones Project Muscatine initiative, will set up leased sections of the garden, as well as some free sections, at the southeast corner of the park.
No city funds will be used to fund the program, which is intended to be self-sustaining. Leadership Muscatine has successfully received three grants from Hy-Vee, totaling $2,250, to assist with startup costs.
Work on getting the gardens set up will begin this spring. Adam Thompson, the city's planning and community development coordinator, will serve as the contact person for the project.
Spring Cleanup times set
The council unanimously approved setting April 21-25 as the time for Muscatine's Spring Cleanup Week. The event, a community-wide cleanup, will run in conjunction with Earth Day and Keeping Muscatine Beautiful events.
In a memo to the council, Solid Waste Manager Laura Liegois outlined the items that would and would not be accepted as part of the spring pickup.
- Large items: furniture, building materials in small amounts, dismantled swing sets, and other misc. items.
- Up to eight tires car and light truck tires (No tires from businesses)
- Up to four appliances (Please remove doors on refrigerators and freezers)
- Electronic Waste (Computers, televisions, and any item that contains a circuit board).
- Yard Waste will be picked up in City of Muscatine yard waste bags only and brush needs to bein bundles no larger than 18 inches in diameter and four feet in length.
- Torn down buildings, such as garages
- Car Bodies.
- Large Trees
- Excessive amounts of concrete and building materials.
- Paint and other hazardous chemicals (Accepted at the Transfer Station).
- Motor Oil (Accepted at the Transfer Station)
- Camper refrigerators & Air Conditioners (Accepted at Transfer Station for Fee).
For additional information on the Spring Cleanup, contact the city's Transfer Station at 563-263-9689.
The Friends of Greenwood Cemetery to meet
Although not on the city agenda that evening, Bob Bromwell, one of a group of local residents seeking to preserve the Greenwood Cemetery steps, located at the south end of the city-owned cemetery at 1814 Lucas St., announced that he was forming a group to help save the steps.
At last week's council meeting, an attempt to put the repair of the steps in the city's capital improvement program failed, although the general consensus of the council was that they would be interested in hearing plans to find private funding for repairing and maintaining the steps, and possibly purchasing them.
Bromwell said there is now a group, Friends of Greenwood Cemetery, that are beginning to organize and investigate fundraising activities, including incorporating their group under the Muscatine Area Heritage Association and working with the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine to set up a charitable fund.
The next meeting of the Friends of Greenwood Cemetery will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Musser Public Library. The public is invited to attend and give input.