On Wednesday, Copperas Cove resident Sherrie Lipsett and her daughter Holly, 2, walk near debris at 311 Sunset Lane, which was the site of an apartment complex fire earlier this year in Copperas Cove.

Civic clubs, Fort Hood soldiers, beautification groups, and residents throughout the city will come together Saturday for Fall Clean-Up Day, focusing on a specific area: Casa Drive and Sunset Lane.

“We are interested in seeing our community grow and we are responsible as citizens to maintain and beautify it and keep it clean,” City Councilman Mark Peterson said. “We should not have neighborhoods that are considered poor places to live.”

Peterson has rounded up military service members from the 3rd Air Operations Support Command and the 1st Cavalry Division to help clean up debris from a burned building and extensive illegal dumping. Each unit has committed to sending at least a dozen soldiers, Peterson said. Additionally, the Morning Exchange Club, Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful, the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and neighborhood residents will be out on Saturday loading up garbage. The city is doing its part by providing a boom truck and roll-off container from the Solid Waste Department, said spokesman Kevin Keller. Many of the items in the trash heap are large, including couches, mattresses, wood and boulders of concrete from the scorched building.

“Debris (on Casa Drive and Sunset Lane) is the biggest complaint I get,” City Manager Andrea Gardner said. “Illegal dumping is against city ordinances and some state laws. We have out of state (property) owners who don’t live here. They have no stake and could care less.”

Keller said the city’s costs will be calculated for Saturday’s clean up and the city may file liens against the property owners as necessary.

Contact Wendy Sledd at wsledd@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476

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