Clean-Up Day will be held in Belmond on Saturday, Sept. 21. The city council briefly covered the matter at its meeting Sept. 3.

  Residents of Belmond can get rid of items that are too big for normal garbage pickup. Things like tables, chairs, lamps, small couches and mattresses will be taken away free. Large appliances and tires will require a pre-paid sticker that can be purchased in advance at City Hall.

  As a rule of thumb, items left by the curb must be able to be carried by two persons, and no pile may be larger than the bed of a pickup truck.

  Things that will NOT be picked up include computers, televisions, VCRs, printers, yard waste, construction materials, hazardous waste like paint and chemicals, regular garbage, and things that can normally be recycled each month.


  The council also reviewed several projects the city is involved in using grants from the Jacobson Fund for Belmond.

  --The playing surface of the three remaining tennis courts in Swimming Pool Park will be removed and replaced by one tennis court and three pickleball courts using $50,000 from the Jacobson Fund, $50,000 from the Luick Memorial Trust, $1,000 from Comm1, and $3,000 in city funds. This project may be completed later this fall.

  --The firm of Short Elliot Hendrickson has been hired to study the future of the old Parker School gymnasium. Should it be remodeled, added on to, or removed and replaced with some sort of new community facility? The study will be paid for with $27,250 from the Jacobson Fund and $5,000 in city funds.

  ­­--The city will cooperate with BIDCO to design a marketing campaign for the community and to the replace the welcome signs on Highway 69 north and south. This will be funded with $27,000 for marketing granted to BIDCO by Jacobson, $7,000 in reserves (from the sale of the name “” five years ago), and $25,000 for signs granted to the city by Jacobson.

  ­­--The city will act as the fiscal agent for the Downtown Arcade Committee in the establishment of a Self Supported Municipal Improvement District. The city has hired an attorney to help complete the necessary paperwork, and in the next few months the downtown property owners will be working to establish the SSMID. Repair work on the arcade will be paid for with $25,000 from Jacobson, $7,000 in reserve funds held by downtown property owners, and future tax dollars that come into the SSMID.


  Police Chief Rick McDaniel told the council that his officers will now be ticketing persons who park a vehicle on the grass in their front yard. Last month the city passed a new ordinance prohibiting such parking (except during a snowstorm), and the police have been giving warnings the past 30 days. This warning period is now over. People with questions should contact City Hall.

  McDaniel also reported that there have been an increased number of random.... read the entire story in the Belmond Independent.