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City commits $80K to cleaning initiative

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Springfield City Hall is in spring cleaning mode.

City Manager Jason Gage dedicated $80,000 toward a new initiative dubbed Clean Green Springfield, according to a news release.

“A high level of cleanliness is something that our residents, businesses and visitors expect," Gage said in the release. "In addition, other communities look to us to be the example."

City officials are encouraging individuals and groups to volunteer in neighborhood and stream cleanups, roadside trash pickups and plantings. The initiative is being led by the departments of public information and civic engagement, public works, environmental services, and quality of place and planning.

Core to the program, the city is partnering with Community Partnership of the Ozarks Inc. on 11 regularly scheduled cleanups, as well as hosting beautification projects in public right-of-way areas. In May, residents will be offered no-cost disposal of such items as mattresses, televisions, computers and household chemicals, according to the release.

Tim Rosenbury, director of quality of place initiatives for the city, said there's a correlation between beautification efforts and economic activity.

"There’s plenty of research correlating civic beauty and economic success in communities," he said in the release. "This initiative is Springfield’s chance to impact its future, through citizen involvement."

Business owners are encouraged to visit CleanGreenSGF.com for ideas on how to help in the project. The city is asking businesspeople to volunteer with employees to participate in cleanup events.

The city also is working with its existing Adopt-a-Street and Adopt-a-Stream programs on the project, according to the release.

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