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The Wood River trash pickup schedule.
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The Wood River fall clean-up schedule map.
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The Wood River recycling schedule.
• New trash and recycling pickup dates have been established throughout the city under a new service provider.
The City Council gave Public Services Director Steve Palen the go-ahead July 7 to seek bids for a new service provider to replace Midwest Sanitation, the city’s trash service provider for about 30 years. In August, the city approved a bid provided by Republic Services Inc.
For information about pickup dates, call City Hall at (618) 251-3100.
• The city has released the annual fall cleanup and leaf pickup dates. The city has been set up into zones for fall cleanup, which will begin Monday, Oct. 6, in zone one and conclude Thursday, Oct. 16, in zone eight. The leaf pickup dates begin Monday, Oct. 27, and include three pickup dates per zone through Thursday, Dec. 4.
• Anyone who wants to participate or enter a float in the Wood River Halloween parade can register online through the Wood River Fire Department website at www.woodriverfire.org. There is no cost to enter. Prizes will be presented to winners of the best costume and float categories. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Emerick Sports Complex, also known as Sixth Street Park, and will conclude at the Wood River Roundhouse. The route runs down Sixth Street, turns west on Ferguson and continues to Wood River Avenue to the finish. Awards will be given at Central Park at the Roundhouse.
• The Wood River Fire Department is accepting applications for paid-on-call firefighters through Oct. 6. Applicants can pick up an application packet from the Fire Department, City Hall, or download the application from www.woodriverfire.org.
• After draining the Wood River pool this year, Park and Recreation Director Jason Woody said he thinks the water leakage issue has been solved.
“More testing will need to be done, but it appears that the steps we took prior to the start of summer may have helped,” Woody said. “We won’t have our final numbers out until around December, but things look better than they did; the water loss was the lowest in 10 years.”
The city estimates the Aquatic Center’s filtering system will need to be overhauled and the water slide will need to be resurfaced for an estimated cost of $250,000.
• Lawanda Smith, founder and former director of the Wood River Museum, is returning to the area.
On Sept. 25, she will be speaking about early families from the area and the beginnings of what is today the city of Wood River. Smith, who currently makes her home in Wichita, Kan., has retired from the World Treasure Museum in Kansas.
The lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Wood River Museum, 40 W. Ferguson. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call (618) 254-1993.