Project NICE/KEEP 2018 Neighborhood Cleanup Completed
From April 23 through April 27, 2018, a neighborhood cleanup occurred. The project was delayed a week due to a weather event which occurred the scheduled week of the project. Project NICE (Neighborhood Improvement/Complaint Easement) assists neighborhoods with environmental issues such as rubbish, waste material, dilapidated buildings, and zoning issues. Project KEEP (Keep Environmental Enhancement Permanent) helps maintain previous Project NICE neighborhoods.
The 2018 Project NICE includes two areas:
Area A is an area contained within the boundaries of South West Avenue on the west, South Minnesota Avenue on the east, West 9th Street on the north and West 18st Street on the south.
Area B is an area contained within the boundaries of North Sycamore Avenue on the west, Veteran’s Parkway on the east, East 6th Street on the north and Arrowhead Parkway on the south.
The 2018 Project KEEP includes:
An area contained within the boundaries of North Weber Avenue on the west, North Cliff Avenue on the east, the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe railroad on the north and East 10th Street on the south.
Volunteers from various City departments worked together to accomplish this project. Residents in the designated areas of town placed rubbish and waste material at the curb. The men and women who assisted in this effort placed the rubbish and waste material in front-end loader buckets provided by the City. The rubbish and waste material was then loaded on to City trucks and disposed of in the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill or properly recycled.
Three ground crews removed 507 tons of rubble and solid waste, 16 tons of tires, 5.5 tons of appliances and scrap metal and 53 tons of wood waste. This includes a separate clean up event provided simultaneously at a mobile home park in the area. This brings the total to over 581.5 tons of unwanted material removed from the Project NICE/KEEP neighborhoods. In addition, 1138 mattresses were collected for recycling from the project areas. Enthusiastic support and participation in the program by the residents of the neighborhoods and the volunteers contribute to the great success of the project.
After the cleanup was completed, the neighborhoods were surveyed and any remaining violations of City ordinance were addressed. The Project NICE/KEEP City-assisted cleanup and the follow-up portions of the projects have proved to be very beneficial for the City of Sioux Falls. The impacts it has had in helping maintain and improve environmental conditions in many Sioux Falls neighborhoods are significant.
Project NICE/KEEP is one of the things that keeps Sioux Falls one of the best places to live in the United States.