PROJECT NICE/KEEP 2016 NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP
From April 18 through April 22, 2016, a neighborhood cleanup occurred. 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 2016 Project NICE includes two areas:
Area A includes two adjacent areas. Area A-1 is contained within the boundaries of Sioux Falls City limits and Skunk Creek on the west, North Marion Road on the east, Sioux Falls City limits on the north and West 12th Street on the south. Area A-2 is contained within the boundaries of North Marion Road on the west, Career Avenue on the east, West 54th Street on the north and West Maple Street on the south.
Area B is contained within the boundaries of Interstate 229 on the west, North Sycamore Avenue extending north to the Big Sioux River on the east, the Big Sioux River on the north and East 10th Street on the south.
The 2016 Project KEEP area is an area contained within the boundaries of North Minnesota Avenue on the west, the Big Sioux River on the east, Walnut Street on the north and west 6th 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 701.66 tons of rubble and solid waste, 10.87 tons of tires, 6.22 tons of appliances, 11.61 tons of yard waste and 13.35 tons of wood waste for a total of more than743 tons of waste removed from the three neighborhoods. In addition there were separate clean up events provided simultaneously at seven mobile home parks in the cleanup areas. Over 29 tons of waste was removed from these seven mobile home parks as a part of Project NICE/KEEP. This brings the total to almost 772 tons of unwanted material removed from the Project NICE/KEEP neighborhoods. In addition, 799 mattresses were collected for recycling from the project areas. Enthusiastic support and participation in the program by the residents of the three neighborhoods and the volunteers contributed 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 impact it has had in helping maintain and improve environmental conditions in many Sioux Falls neighborhoods are significant.
The Project is one of the things that keeps Sioux Falls one of the best places to live in the United States.