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City reveals Pride and Shine Month statistics

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published May 30, 2016

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Some Sterling Heights officials expressed pride in recent statistics gleaned from the city’s month-long cleanup campaign.

During a May 17 City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool shared some facts and figures related to the campaign known as Pride and Shine Month, or Sterling Pride Month.

“I wanted to give the community a bit of an update because I think you’ll appreciate some of these statistics,” he said.

During May, several events and activities were organized to encourage residents to dispose of waste, keep up yards and more. Although the city has held some May beautification activities in past years, the city advanced its efforts this year and grouped the activities into a cohesive campaign.

During each Saturday in May, Vanderpool said, residents were allowed to go to the Department of Public Works building to drop off certain items that normally cannot be left at the curb for pickup, such as paint, chemicals, tires and propane tanks.

Vanderpool said the first two Saturdays were “incredibly successful.”

“At our first day, 245 vehicles came to DPW to dispose of various goods,” he explained. “Staff filled three 40-yard dumpsters with yard waste and various other items, and eight pallets of chemicals and over 1,000 gallons of paint. That was just on the first Saturday.”

As for the May 7 Sterling Heights Pride and Shine Day, Vanderpool said the city had roughly 75 volunteers who assisted people in need by sprucing up 26 home properties.

“There were a number of crews that went out,” he said. “We’re really grateful for their service, and certainly the homeowners that received this attention and (had) their bushes trimmed and leaves raked and grass mowed, and so on and so forth, were incredibly appreciative.”

After the meeting, Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle said the city, overall, has been pleased with the Pride and Shine Month’s level of success, especially with the DPW drop-off days.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of people who were interested in cleaning up their property and beautifying it in the spring,” she said. “I am not sure we got as large a turnout for the photo contest, so next year we might look at beefing that up a little bit using our social media efforts.”

Residents were encouraged to take photos of efforts to beautify Sterling Heights and submit them on social media using the hashtag #SterlingPride.

Although Doyle said she preferred to not give figures before the month’s end, she said the city has received lots of Facebook inquiries in May about ordering discounted trees from the DPW. Those trees will be planted later in the year.

Given the public’s response, Doyle said there is room for Pride and Shine Month to grow next year, and it’s a tradition that the city hopes to continue.

“This was our first time hosting Pride and Shine Month, and I would say it has definitely been a success so far,” she said.

Find out more about Sterling Heights by visiting www.sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2489.

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