Tucumcari residents hope to clean up city

Tova Fruchtman:Quay County Sun

Tucumcari citizens met Wednesday night to begin working on a plan to help clean up Tucumcari.
About eight people showed up for a Keep Tucumcari Beautiful meeting.

Through their programs they hope to preserve Tucumcari’s natural beauty, to enhance the quality of life, and to make the city more appealing to businesses and individuals considering relocating.

The Keep Tucumcari Beautiful board is planning a clean up week for the week of April 18 to April 23.

City Manager Richard Primrose, interim Police Chief Mark Radosevich, and Pete Campfer, head of the Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation were all at the meeting.

Keep Tucumcari Beautiful
The committee hopes to start with specific issues and hope to have community compliance:

Weeds — Weeds over 12 inches high on private property should be cut. For people who cannot cut their own weeds they should contact the city for help.

Impounded vehicles — Vehicles that are not operational should be picked up by a wrecking service. The police department will be offering the service at the cost of the vehicle’s owner.

Dumpsters — Only residential household trash should be placed in dumpsters. Commercial or construction trash should not be put in dumpsters. Appliances, such as stoves, should be brought to the landfill for $5 or can be picked up by the city for the cost of moving it.

“I think the approach we want to take is voluntary compliance,” Radosevich said.

One of the problems the committee discussed is how to get the community to participate in the clean up.

Pete Kampfer, as a representative of the Keep Tucumcari Beautiful board, went before the City Commission Thursday to request that the city open the landfill for free dumping to Tucumcari residents during the week of the clean up.

The City Commission voted unanimously to allow the dumping.

This is one way the committee hopes to encourage citizens to participate.

In another effort to make it easier for residents to help clean their property Radosevich has discussed a plan with wrecking companies to help move junked cars and other scrap metal.

“Some of them are simple fixes if we’ve got the community and if we’ve got the commission behind us,” Radosevich said. “If we start out on the wrong foot the program is doomed to fail.”

At the City Commission meeting, commissioners seemed supportive of the effort.

Now the committee is looking for volunteers to help clean up public areas on April 23, National Keep America Beautiful Day.