Ely’s Mayor Melodie Van Camp said on the day that she was sworn into office that cleaning up the city was her first priority. On Saturday, Van Camp plans to turn those words into action through a volunteer city wide clean-up day.
“We’ve got to do something,” Van Camp said.
According to the Mayor, the goal is to get people from the community to come out and pick up discarded trash and debris on the major roadways, specifically Aultman Street and Great Basin Boulevard.
“The more people we can get, the more areas we can clean,” she added.
The clean up project, which was organized in collaboration with the Ely City Council, has already reached out to the city’s volunteer fire department, local schools and organizations looking for support. Local businesses such as McDonald’s, Ridley’s Grocery Store and the Nevada Northern Railroad have also committed to donating food and free train rides to those that come out and participate.
“We just hope that if we feed you and give you a free train ride that you will come out and help us pick up some trash to help put some pride back in the city,” Van Camp said.
To those looking to get involved with the clean up, Van Camp said that volunteers will meet up at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning in the Ridley’s Grocery Store parking lot, where they will be served a free breakfast. From there, they will begin to work there way across various streets picking up trash from the sides of the road and sidewalks.
The clean up day in the first in a series of efforts by the Mayor and the city council to spruce up the look of the city. Earlier this month, Councilman Bruce Setterstrom and his wife Pat worked with the Mayor to sell flower planters and memorial benches to “beautify” the downtown area.