Volunteers pick up litter around town

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By David Giuliani

About 150 people took part in the annual spring cleanup Saturday morning, about half the number that usually shows up for such efforts.

Troy Denison, president of the Keep Las Vegas Beautiful Committee, which organized the cleanup, said athletic events, SynergyFest and the Entrepreneur Fair helped reduce turnout for the cleanup.

He said his committee will consider changing the date of the spring cleanup next year, but it has to be within a two-week period because of Keep America Beautiful grants.

Kelly Eversole, coordinator for Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, said volunteers cleaned up eastside streets such as First, Second, Third, Fifth and Railroad. But they also targeted westside areas such as Rodriguez Park and New Mexico Avenue.

As often happens, the county jail had inmates take part in the cleanup effort.

All volunteers were served lunch, with food and other supplies donated by area businesses.

Denison noted that no city officials other than Eversole took part in the effort, adding that officials have helped out in the past.

The committee holds cleanups in the spring and fall, alternating the base of operations between the east and west sides.