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Saturday cleanup put off to Nov. 14
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Saturday’s planned districtwide cleanup effort has been postponed until Nov. 14 due to expected inclement weather.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms in the area on Saturday.

Commissioner Ashley Bell, who planned the cleanup, said it was important to delay the event for safety reasons. He said it would be dangerous to have volunteers out in the stormy weather using lawn mowers and other machinery Saturday.

Volunteers and government officials will instead work together Nov. 14 to tidy up neighborhoods in commission District 4.

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.

The county is working with volunteers from Riverside Military Academy, the American Legion and Habitat for Humanity to haul away junk for homeowners. They also will mow and rake lawns for homeowners who are disabled or ages 60 and older.

Volunteers will go out in teams to district neighborhoods in Gainesville and Hall County to clean up yards and public areas.

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.