The Community Cleanup Day will be taking fewer types of trash than in previous years, as it is getting harder to find places to take some items, and more expensive to get them hauled away.

The Community Cleanup Day will be from will be from from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. There will be large dumpsters and a recycling trailer available at the Hope Utilities Garage on Mill Street.

Although tires have been taken in previous years, the Town Council opted at its August meeting not to approve the funding for used tire collection this year. Council member Clyde Compton said he had spoken to the town's trash collection service, CGS, and while it will pickup tires for local residents, it would charge the town for the community cleanup tire collection. Town Marshal Matt Tallent, who has helped with previous cleanup days, said that based on the large number of tires collected that he is surprised that anyone in town has any tires left to dispose of.

Council members balked at continuing to fund the tire collection.

"There has got to be a point in time that we have got to cut it off," Compton said. "It is just going to continue and continue and just get worse and worse. And cost us more and more."

Councilman Ed Johnson suggested that a decision not to accept tires just means more people will be dumping them in ditches or on the side of the road. Hope Utilities Manager David Clouse said the town already has nine tires that were dumped that his department hopes to get rid of through the cleanup day.

Friday's community cleanup day in Hope will coincide with the United Way's Day of Service, providing further help to community residents.

Chelsea Warriner, director of the Community Center of Hope, said at last month's Town Council meeting that there have been 10 residential projects submitted for the Day of Service. Crews are also being asked to cleanup brush and load trash for those who can't load it themselves.  

In other business before the Hope Town Council at its Aug. 20th meeting:

  • Matt Galbraith was appointed as the town's new building and zoning inspector. Greg Potts has stepped down from that role.
  • Trena Carter, with Administrative Resources Administration, received a round of applause from the audience and Town Council, for her work on state grant application that garnered $428,360 for the downtown streetscape project.

"Thank you so much for everything you have done for helping to get this grant," said Councilwoman Nellie Meek. "And not just this grant, but everything you have done. Hope wouldn't be the same without you. You are always stepping up, whether it is your project or another project. You help us in any way you can. I thank you, and I applaud you."

The streetscape project is receiving $30,000 from the town's regular funds, $20,000 from the Economic Development Income Tax fund and $10,000 from riverfront tax funds. Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County is also providing $70,000 for the project.

Carter said that there was a mandatory training scheduled for a new electronic reporting system for the grant program, and there was some steps required for environmental approvals that indicate there will be no impact caused by the project. There will also be a public comment period on the project. Depending on the speed that all gets completed, she estimated the final contracts would be signed by this month or in October.

  • Carter gave an update on the owner-occupied housing improvement grant program. She said that three homes have already been finished. Each approved home is eligible for up to $15,000 in improvements, but so far they have all been costing much less, she said. That is allowing the community to improve more homes than originally anticipated. The Town Council approved another home for the program, making a total of eight projects under the program this year.
  • Town Council approved the use of the Town Square for the Hope Ride, Sept. 21st, Hope Heritage Days the weekend of Sept. 27th and for the Goodies, Goblins and Ghost Stories event on Oct. 25th.