City seeking volunteers for cleanup duty

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer

The City of Portales is looking for a few good men and women to help clean up for the centennial celebration, Heritage Days and beyond.

Saturday, the city is leading a volunteer clean up at City Park and, if time permits, Rotary and Lindsey parks.

And in a separate program, organizations interested in fundraising can submit proposals from July 1 until next May to take on a beautification project. The city is willing to pay them up to $500.

For the Centennial Day Community Cleanup, volunteer citizens meet at City Park. They’ll be asked to pick up trash, paint over graffiti and pull weeds if necessary.

The city provides trash bags, gloves and bottled water, said city Deputy Clerk Veda Urioste.

“Our main focus is going to be getting City Park in A-1 condition,” she said.

Urioste would like at least 50 people to participate. She said the number of people who show up will be the deciding factor on whether they can clean places besides City Park.

Volunteers can come and go or stay for the whole event. Children are welcome.

Community Affairs Coordinator Nicole Wilkening said the cleanup, like other centennial events, is intended to promote family activities.

“We want the whole family to participate in these events, because it’s important,” she said.

As for the paid beautification work — a separate program — Urioste said she was looking for nine organizations to remove trash and pull weeds in medians. She said the city would consider other suggestions from interested groups.

Urioste said organizations will probably work in four-week sessions. But fulfilling the agreement with the city will be based on completing a project, rather than time worked.

The groups receive payment when the project is done.

The city provides safety vests, trashbags, paint and, as long as supplies last, gloves, Urioste said. Organizations must provide their own supervisors.

“We just need the organizations to come in and be ready to work,” Urioste said, adding the program gives them a chance to make money and beautify the community.

Interested groups must submit a one-page proposal telling about their overall mission and the cause for which they’re raising money.

A $10,400 New Mexico Clean and Beautiful grant will be used to pay for the program.

Urioste said the grant award has been confirmed, and the city is waiting for the money’s arrival.

Information: Urioste at 356-6662, extension 18.

Fast facts
Centennial Day Community Cleanup
When: 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: City Park
Who: Volunteers