Project NICE/KEEP 2019 Neighborhood Cleanup Completed
Starting September 9 and 10, 2019, a neighborhood cleanup occurred. The project was delayed a week due to tornado weather damage and was completed September 17-20, 2019. 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 2019 Project NICE is contained within the boundaries of:
South Southeastern Avenue on the west, South Sycamore Avenue on the east, East 18th Street on the north, and East 26th Street on the south.
The 2019 Project KEEP is contained within the boundaries of:
North Lewis Avenue on the west, I-229 on the east, East Rice Street 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 on to City trucks and disposed of in the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill or properly recycled.
The ground crews removed 185 tons of rubble and solid waste, 11.25 tons of tires and 21.9 tons of appliances and scrap metal. Wood waste was combined with tornado recovery. This brings the total to over 218 tons of unwanted material removed from the Project NICE/KEEP neighborhoods. In addition, 422 mattresses were collected for recycling from the project areas. Enthusiastic support and participation in the program by the residents of the neighborhoods and the volunteers contribute 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 proven to be very beneficial for the City of Sioux Falls. The impacts it has had in helping maintain and improve environmental conditions in many Sioux Falls neighborhoods are significant.
Project NICE/KEEP is one of the things that keeps Sioux Falls one of the best places to live in the United States.