The Moose Jaw Community Clean-Up program will go ahead, officially.

City Council discussed options for the program last night in the regular meeting. City Manager Jim Puffalt said the program will be a great way to encourage citizens to keep the streets free of clutter.

"I pull weeds when I go out to the truck," said Puffalt. "I pick up garbage, and I think that's what everybody should do. With a week in the spring and with a week in the fall, we can start off the year really well."

The program will run for one week in the spring and one week in the fall, beginning officially this October. Groups of private citizens or organizations will be able to adopt a section of the city and be responsible for its clean-up in that week. Moose Jaw Sanitary Landfill fees will be waived.

Puffalt says the cost to the City will be minimal, approximately 900 dollars per one week for safety vests, garbage bags, and gloves.

Many groups around the city have been doing this for years. Even Puffalt himself, as well as Mayor Fraser Tolmie, Coun. Heather Eby and Coun. Crystal Froese have been involved in pick-up projects in the past.

"We know that we have a number of groups that are already working hard to help us with picking up litter and keeping our community clean," said Puffalt.

Coun. Chris Warren said he was happy to support the program, stating that it will likely be a morale and pride boost for citizens, City Councillors, and businesses alike.

"It adds to a sense of pride, beautification, and I'm really happy to see this."

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