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Local River Sweep volunteers surpass 100

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Director disappointed by Sunset Park's condition

By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - The River Sweep the preceding weekend was a success, Ken Smith said Thursday, with more than 100 people throughout the county participating in the annual cleanup of banks along the Ohio and other rivers and their tributaries.

Speaking at a regular meeting of the Perry County Recycling Management District Board of Directors, the executive director for that agency said another successful cleanup occurred despite high temperatures and high water.

He was disappointed, however, at the condition Tell City's Sunset Park was in.

"About two weeks before, somebody had already cleaned it up" he said, "but it was trashed again - it was really a shame that in two weeks, it needed to be cleaned up again. That was just pretty sad."

He didn't yet know the amount of trash collected in the sweep.

Continuing his regular report to the board, Smith said district and Cannelton officials continue to work toward an agreement for use of that city's trash-compacting truck. City workers park it at the district's Cannelton site after making their regular runs, and in an arrangement beneficial to both entities, the district has been using it as an alternative to buying a separate compactor. The agreement is expected to define liability and other responsibilities.

Smith reported that only one bid had been received for a surplus 2000 pickup truck. Bids will be opened Wednesday at the district office in the courthouse annex in Cannelton.

The director also said approximately 95 percent of the 8,000 annual fees paid by county residents had been received, and the number that will go to small-claims court appears to be slightly higher than normal.

Board member and Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing reported that a "financial-wellness" effort conducted in conjunction with a physical-wellness initiative had a record number of people delivering paperwork for shredding.

German American Bank participated in the event, she said, which was intended to dispose of records that contain information useful to identity thieves.

Smith said he wished the office paper collected during the event could be included with other recyclable materials collected from curbsides by city workers.