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City receives solid waste grant

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

MAMMOTH SPRING _ Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace announced last week the city has received a grant of $2,250 from the White River Solid Waste District.

She said the grant would be used to construct a carport to house the city's recycling protainer. It will cover 75 percent of the project with the city kicking in $750.

The carport will be placed on the city lot where the recycling container is now placed.

Pace said the city has been active in recycling for several years and all of their recycling equipment has been purchased with the help of grants.

The protainer was purchased in 1999 and was followed by the purchase of a chopper, leaf vacuum and truck.

Recyclable items collected in the city include plastic, paper and steel cans.

The mayor said all the items are taken to the Tri-County Recycling Center in Cherokee Village. The center serves Fulton, Sharp and Izard Counties.

Mayor Pace said the city has also received a Tree City USA grant for $399 to purchase trees for the city.

This is the second year Mammoth Spring has been a Tree City USA which qualifies it for the grant.

"Since becoming a Tree City USA member, we have planted 200 trees of our own," Pace said. The trees have been planted at Mammoth Spring City Park, Lasiter Landing and Riverside Cemetery.

Pace said storms in recent years have taken a toll on the tree population in Mammoth Spring. "In the last three years we have probably lost 200 trees on public and private property. Some have been blown down due to high winds and some have had to be cut due to severe damage caused by high winds," she said.

She said the city will be purchasing cypress and maple trees.

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