Editor's note: The cleanup project originally was scheduled for Saturday but has been postponed until Nov. 14 due to the threat of bad weather, the county announced Wednesday.
Volunteers and government officials will work together Nov. 14 to tidy up neighborhoods in commission District 4.
Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell planned the districtwide cleanup as a way to help with county code enforcement efforts.
The county marshals have stepped up code enforcement to help clean up areas that are out of compliance.
“We’re working with code enforcement on some problem areas,” Bell said. “We hope we can begin this Saturday with a continuous effort.”
The county is working with volunteers from Riverside Military Academy, the American Legion and Habitat from Humanity to haul away junk for homeowners. They also will mow lawns for homeowners who are disabled or age 60 and older.
Volunteers will go out in teams to district neighborhoods in Gainesville and Hall County to clean up yards and public areas.
Maj. Kevin Jarrard, the commandant of cadets at Riverside, said he expects 50 to 60 cadets will volunteer.
Jarrard said the school emphasizes public service to show students the importance of volunteering in the community early on.
“It’s good for the boys,” Jarrard said. “It allows them to see up close and personal that there are folks that need assistance and help introduce them to the world of service.”
Bell said he hopes to make the cleanup an annual event.
“We’re just being a conduit to pull together the community,” Bell said.
Homeowners who need help should call the commission office at 770-535-8288 by 5 p.m. Nov. 11 to sign up for the event.