Members of the Weston Planning Commission and other interested parties met recently to discuss the creation of a Weston Pride Month in April, as well as a cleanup for the city at that time.
Planning member Joe Jarrell is heading up the program.
Jarrell plans to contact local businesses to raise awareness for the event. He also will ask for funds to provide several schools with prizes for a Weston Pride poster contest for students.
"This will be an effort to make sure that our residents have pride in our community," Jarrell said. "I also want to emphasize the need for residents to abide by the (city's) ordinances."
The group will write to local police organizations to encourage the enforcement of laws and ordinances on littering, including refuse or cigarette butts.
Julia Spelsberg reported that volunteers are ready to repaint the 50 planters located around the city. These planters were built by Dick Harrison several years ago.
The group will ask the city to plan for curbside pickup of trash, which cannot be taken by Weston Transfer. The pickup will be held April 2 through 14, and organized by wards.
On April 7, for one day only, residents will be able to take TVs or computers to the Weston Street Department on Fourth Street for special disposal. Because of regulations on this type of pickup, there will be a fee charged for the special discarding.
On April 14, the city of Weston, Jane Lew and Lewis County will participate in a Make It Shine Day. Volunteers will pick up trash throughout the city. At the end of the day, volunteers will be treated to a cookout at the City Building.
These efforts also will prepare the city for the fifth annual Weston 5K Run and Wellness Walk on April 21.
After the April cleanup effort, the commission plans to have residents "Adopt a Street." This project will begin in May. At that time, a resident can offer to make sure that his/her block is kept clean of debris and litter.