Project NICE/KEEP 2015 Neighborhood Cleanup Completed

From April 13 through April 17, 2015, a neighborhood cleanup occurred. This was in conjunction with the 29th annual Project NICE and the 22nd annual Project KEEP. 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 2015 Project NICE included two areas:

Area A is contained within the boundaries of South Sertoma Avenue on the west, Interstate 29 on the east, West 12th Street on the north, and West 26th Street on the south.

Area B is contained within the boundaries of South Cliff Avenue and the Big Sioux River on the west, Interstate 229 on the east, East 10th Street on the north, and the intersection of the Big Sioux River and Interstate 229 on the south.

The 2015 Project KEEP area is an area contained within the boundaries of North West Avenue on the west, North Minnesota Avenue on the east, West Russell Street on the north, and West 9th 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 Landfill or properly recycled.

Three ground crews removed 622 loads of rubble, 12 loads of tires, 4 loads of appliances, 8 loads of yard waste and 18 loads of wood waste for a total of 663 truckloads (503.54 tons) of waste removed from the three neighborhoods. In addition there were separate clean up events provided simultaneously at four mobile home parks in the cleanup area. Over 8.4 tons of waste was removed from these four mobile home parks as a part of Project NICE/KEEP. This brings the total to almost 512 tons of unwanted material removed from the Project NICE/KEEP neighborhoods. 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.