Will there be a citywide cleanup year?

The newest sculpture sits at the corner of 12th and Maine at Quincy Junior High School on Friday, July. 24, 2020. | H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
Katelyn Metzger
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 1, 2020 12:01 am

Will there be a citywide cleanup in Quincy this year?

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many cancellations this year, but it doesn't look like the citywide cleanup will be one of them. However, a date has not been confirmed,

Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said the city is working with Republic Service, which handles the annual cleanup event, to work out safety precautions and scheduling.

"The event is really unique to Republic, so they are discussing it within their corporation of how they want to handle it," Moore said. "But so far, it's a go."

The annual event, which traditionally takes place on a Saturday in the fall at Front Street and Payson Avenue, features vehicles in line east of 12th Street.

The event allows Quincy residents to dispose of most items that they may not be able to get rid of during weekly garbage pickup.

However, some items can not be accepted, including electronics, tires, yard waste, liquids such as oil, fuel and paint. Any appliance containing refrigerant also isn't accepted unless it has a sticker certifying that the refrigerant has been properly reclaimed.

The event usually collects more than 425 tons of trash.

What was the work going on at 12th and Maine by Quincy Junior High?

The concrete work you saw was preparation work for the sculpture at Quincy Junior High School that was being installed as part of a privately funded project to install sculptures at Quincy schools to celebrate education. The project is a partnership between Arts Quincy and the Moorman Foundation.

Quincy Public Schools Maintenance Director Dane Barnes, said in order for the sculpture the fence and a couple old pine trees needed to be removed.

"The fence around Webster Field has been rusted and QJHS administration has been wanting it replaced for years," Barnes said. "The school district took the opportunity to go ahead and replace the old fence with a new one. The fence connection on the corner of 12th and Maine will be completed after the work for the wall and sculpture is complete."

"Cosmic Clockwork" from Jim Jenkins of Batavia was installed July 22.

Also installed July 22 were "Sudden Shift" from Timothy Jorgensen of Cedar Falls, Iowa, at Rooney Elementary School and "Birds of a Feather" from Michael Young of Chicago at Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School.

The final sculpture to be installed later this year is "Red Tails" also from Jorgensen at Iles Elementary School.

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