Dearing Town Council members are urging residents to get involved -- and get to cleaning.
Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley told council members Monday night that a cleanup day has been planned in advance of the annual Mayfest celebration.
"Mayfest is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, and the cleanup day is scheduled for the preceding Saturday, April 30," said Kelley.
In an effort to encourage the cleanup, the town will provide several dumpsters next to the fire station for residents to drop off junk and yard trash.
"It's a free service, and we hope local residents will help beautify our community by bringing any junk and trash they have in their yards," said Kelley. "The dumpsters will be available from 8 a.m. until they're full, which usually is about 1 or 2 p.m."
In addition, the mayor and city council members Allen Axon, Bobby Aldred, Michael McTier and Judson Story will be walking along U.S. Highway 78 collecting trash.
"It's usually just us council members, but local residents are strongly encouraged to join us and lend a hand," Kelley said during the meeting.
The proceeds from this year's Mayfest will go to the Good Samaritan House, a free health clinic in Dearing.
"Anyone around here can tell you it's a worthy cause," Kelley said. "We raised over $1,100 for the Good Samaritan House with our recent chili/soup/stew cookoff, and we're happy the Mayfest proceeds will go to the same cause."
Also on the town council's agenda was the issue of restrooms for a new skateboard park.
"We never expected the skateboard park would be so popular," the mayor said. "We thought people would come for an hour or two and leave.
"Instead, people are spending all day there and using the restrooms in the local businesses. Parents from Thomson are even bringing their teens there and dropping them off for hours at a time, so the need for restrooms is clear. We want to build permanent restroom buildings. We feel that's a far better solution than renting portable restrooms."