Many Hands Make Light Work
On Jun. 15, 2019, the City of Lucas held a successful Summer Cleanup and Electronic Recycling event. This event was originally titled “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off” and was to be held Apr. 6, however, due to rain, the event was postponed.
Cleanup crews comprised of volunteers were driven by city staff to Country Club Rd., East Lucas Rd., West Lucas Rd., Estates Pkwy., Angel Pkwy., Southview Dr. and Lewis Ln. to rid the areas of rubbish. 32 volunteers assisted in this effort and were comprised of Lucas residents and members of city staff. This event, which was held from 8:00 a.m. until noon, combined two thought processes; divide and conquer was coupled with John Heywood’s popular quote, “Many hands make light work.”
Dick Hildenbrand, a resident of Lucas for 19 years, provided a simple reason as to why he donned the orange mesh vest and utilized the trash tongs while scouring Lucas for trash, “I’m a tree hugger.”
When the cleanup crews returned to Community Park, city staff welcomed them with a nice grilled lunch under the pavilion.
An additional opportunity for Lucas residents to beautify Lucas included an electronic recycling drop-off site which was conveniently located in the parking lot next to the Community Center at Community Park. Joseph Kendrick, logistics technician with United Electronic Recycling said they were accepting anything electronic, metals and/or batteries for recycling. There were fees associated with some of the electronics.
Kent Souriyasak, assistant to the City of Lucas city manager explained why this event is important to the City of Lucas, “The cleanup events are important to the city because it brings the community together in an effort to “Keep Lucas Beautiful” and making our community a better place to live. The “Keep Lucas Beautiful” program is an affiliate of “Keep Texas Beautiful” where we promote the beautification of our city by keeping our community litter-free and preserving our environment.”
The city has two annual cleanup events. The next one is scheduled for Sat. Sept. 21. Souriyasak described this upcoming event “…(it) will be focused on clearing trash and debris from the trails in observance of National Public Lands Day.”