Project NICE/KEEP 2014 NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP Completed

 

From April 14 through April 18, 2014, a City-sponsored neighborhood cleanup occurred. This was in conjunction with the 28th Annual Project NICE and the 21th Annual Project KEEP. Project NICE (Neighborhood Improvement/Complaint Easement) assists neighborhoods with environmental issues such as garbage, rubbish, inoperable vehicles, dilapidated buildings, and zoning problems. Project KEEP (Keep Environmental Enhancement Permanent) helps maintain previous Project NICE neighborhoods.

The 2014 Project NICE included two areas.  Area A is contained within the boundaries of South Sertoma Avenue on the west, South Holbrook Avenue on the east, West 41st Street on the north, and West 57th Street on the south. Area B includes three adjacent areas.  Area 1 is contained within the boundaries of Interstate 29 on the west, North West Avenue on the east, West Russell Street on the north, and West 12th Street on the south. Area 2 is contained within the boundaries of South Kiwanis Avenue on the west, North West Avenue on the east, West 12th Street in the north, and West 18th Street on the south. Area 3 is contained within the boundaries of Interstate 29 on the west, the Big Sioux River on the east, West 12th Street on the north, and the north boundary of Westward Ho Country Club on the south.

The 2014 Project KEEP area is an area contained within the boundaries of North Cliff Avenue on the west, North Lewis Avenue on the east, the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad on the north, and East 10th 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 onto City trucks and disposed of in the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill or properly recycled.

Three ground crews removed 757 loads of rubble, 9 loads of tires, 4 loads of appliances, 3 loads of yard waste, and 52 loads of wood waste for a total of 825 truckloads (1,258.29 tons) of waste removed from the three neighborhoods. This is more than twice the tonnage of material removed by the 2012 Project NICE/KEEP neighborhoods. (2013’s cleanup effort was cancelled as resources were shifted to Operation Timber Strike!) The cleanup portion of the project was completed at the end of the day Tuesday, April 22, 2014, with loads to the Landfill continuing through April 30, 2014. 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 followup portions of the projects have proven 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.   

This project is one of the things that keeps Sioux Falls one of the best places to live in the United States.