City getting ready for cleanup
This Saturday, residents of Blaine will be pitching in to beautify and clean up the city. This year’s event includes three projects, one involving tree planting on 6th Street, another general cleanup, and finally B Street and Salishan Parks will be cleaned.
One of the beautification projects involves planting of 52 pin oaks and hornbeams on 6th Street. Said city manager, Gary Tomsic, “They’re based upon the size of the tree and the kind of canopy that it provides. We looked for trees that are pretty and hardy.”
The pin oaks will be planted along the streets with the hornbeams taking root on the street corners. Residents might recognize the pin oaks, “They are the same variety of the trees that you see when you go into Lynden,” stated Tomsic. Members of the Blaine City Council and the city staff will plant the trees, but volunteers are welcome. The event kicks off on 6th Street at 9 a.m. All participants are asked to bring a shovel and a wheel barrel if possible.
Along with the tree planting, there is also the 12th Annual Blaine Cleanup. This event is brought to you by the city of Blaine along with Blaine Bay Refuse and Z Recycling. Dumpsters will be placed on C Street between 3rd and 4th or for residents to throw away their excess trash. “People, basically, throw all of their junk in these big dumpsters. They can get rid of all the things they couldn’t necessarily throw away with their curbside pick up,” said Tomsic. The cost is $7 per carload and $12 per truckload. If you are throwing away washers, dryers or stoves, you must have the electrical cords removed and it is also an extra fee for refrigerators, $25, and tires, $3 each.
Said Tomsic, “Blaine Bay Refuse is really a big part of this. They provide the big containers and they provide their staff, all of which is done for free.” Along with the dumpsters, there will be recycling bins for cardboard and newspaper. All of the money that is generated goes back into the city’s beautification fund.
'Finally, the Blaine Boys and Girls Torch Club get into the spirit as they clean B Street and Salishan Parks. “It’s the first time the torch club has done this,” said Greg Tillotson, unit director of the Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County, Blaine unit. The kids will take care of most of the cleanup themselves, with help from Greg and a few parents. This cleaning begins at 9 a.m.
There will be a hot dog BBQ for all volunteers and workers at 12:30 p.m. on C Street.