It’s a dirty business, but it all comes down to the almighty dollar. In today’s economy, every level of government is watching its budget and Copperas Cove is no exception.
About 30 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and started hauling in trash from two of Cove’s dirtiest creek beds, Heritage Park Creek and the creek that runs behind Bibleway Baptist Church. The waterway cleanup resulted in 500 pounds of trash being collected, said Silvia Rhoads, director of Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful.
“According to Keep America Beautiful, which is the calculation we use to report on, the city saved approximately $1,411 in labor hours,” she said.
But there may be an even larger economic boost to the city as a result of the cleanup.
“This event, as all events and projects, is used in our application for the Governor’s Community Achievement Award, which KCCB won last year. We also host this type of a cleanup to remain in good standing with Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful, which gives us the opportunity to apply for other grants throughout the year as they come up,” Rhoads said.
In June 2013 at the Keep Texas Beautiful State Convention, KCCB was awarded a $210,000 grant for beautifying a state right of way in Cove.
KCCB member Marc Payne warned that anyone picking up trash should watch for bottles that have liquid in them.
“If they have little pieces of foil rolled up in balls floating in them, do not pick them up because they can explode,” he said adding this is something dangerous that is happening all over the country. No hazardous materials were found at either site.
Rhoads said work will resume this weekend. The playground will be painted and new barbecue grills installed at Heritage Park, 1929 Pleasant Lane, on Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to attend.
The creek and pond at City Park and the waterway on Georgetown Road behind GC Services may be scheduled for cleaning in the fall, depending on how many events and projects KCCB is working on.