February 28, 2017
Lobos Cleanup Brush Piles Around Community!
The Sul Ross State University football team lent a hand cleaning up brush in alleyways this past Thursday, February 23, 2017. Keep Alpine Beautiful coordinator, Patsy McWilliams, reached out to the team after receiving citizens’ complaints regarding brush piles in their adjacent alleyways. Brush is not only a visual nuisance, but is also a health and safety hazard.
The City of Alpine strives to make Alpine a more place for all its residents. As per City Ordinance (82-56), it is unlawful to place any sort of litter or trash including, brush, yard trimmings, bulky items, or tires. next to a dumpster, in an alleyway, or on any public property.
Coach John Pearce, SRSU head football coach, was up for the task. He encourages his team to not only do their best on the field and in school, but also in the community. On Thursday afternoon, the 41-man team was split in to two groups and headed to two alleys where brush piles were especially bad. McWilliams and Alpine High School student volunteer, Bobbie Roberts, led one group and Brian Hartman with the City of Alpine Public Works department led the other. Each group gathered two trailer loads of brush, couches, fencing materials, and lumber. All items were taken to the Hal Flanders Recycling Center where the brush will be mulched, the metal fencing will be recycled, and the lumber and couches will be properly disposed.
This was not the first time the Lobos helped Keep Alpine Beautiful. Coach Pearce and the Lobos have helped recycle illegally dumped tires by loading a 40’ Conex container for shipment each year since 2014. The Lobos have hand-loaded every tire amassing 65,000 pounds of tires recycled! Keep Alpine Beautiful is grateful for their help! The team makes light work of these monster tasks.
Once again thanks to our partners at Sul Ross State University! Go Lobos!
Erik Zimmer, City Manager