Weekend rains took away most of the snow left behind from the two major winter storms that dropped more than 20 inches of snow and ice over Mexico the past two weeks – just in time for city street crews to start cleaning up for spring.
The city brush yard opened last week with new summer hours, and a cleanup at Elmwood Cemetery is planned this weekend. Discussions about the city's Annual Community Cleanup Days are also being held.
"It's that time of year," City Engineer and Public Works Director Kensey Russell said Friday.
Russell said the city generally starts its seasonal hour changes on March 1. He said city crews will begin this week doing temporary pothole patching, along with other services the city offers during the spring and summer seasons.
"Weather permitting, the street crews will try to get back to doing snow crack sealing on the city streets, and parks and recreation personnel will start focusing on mowing and cleanup. Staff is also discussing plans for the city's Annual Community Cleanup, scheduled for two weekends in April."
Following is information about city brush yard hours, the Elmwood Cemetery cleanup and the City of Mexico Household Hazardous Waste facility:
• The City Brush Yard summer hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The yard waste dropoff site is 1045 Kentucky Street. Brush dropoff and mulch pickup will be accessed through the Kentucky Street gate on the west side of the maintenance facility. The brush yard is operated and maintained for the city by Braik Brothers. For more information or special service needs, contact Braik Brothers at 573-47-GREEN.
• On Friday, the Elmwood Cemetery Cleanup will be held. Citizens are asked to remove all flowers, wreaths, vases, on the ground around stones by Thursday. Cemetery personnel will remove remaining flowers, wreaths, vases, on the ground around stones. Hanging baskets, flowers in stone urns or attached to stones will be left by staff. Copies of the cemetery rules and regulations pamphlets are located throughout the cemetery. Flowers, wreaths and vases can be returned starting Saturday. Citizens are asked to not use glass containers in the cemetery.
• The City of Mexico Household Hazardous Waste facility, located between the Singleton Maintenance Center and Mexico Animal Shelter at 201 S. Morris, will open to the residents of Mexico and Audrain County, by appointment only, every second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from noon to 3 p.m. This service is provided at no cost to the residents of Mexico and Audrain County.
For more information about city services or to schedule a drop off of hazardous waste, contact the City of Mexico Community Development Department at (573) 581-2100, ext. 315 or visit www.mexicomissouri.net.
In other news:
During the two recent heavy snowstorms, the Audrain County Road and Bridge Department assisted city work crews with their task of clearing roads, with a little extra help from all three members of the Audrain County Commission.
Volunteering to lend a hand were Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs, Western District Commissioner Tom Groves and Eastern District Commissioner Roger Young.
All three commissioners pitched in to help battle the aftermath of the storms. Hobbs brought in his tractor to move snow. Groves and Young both shoveled snow from around the courthouse.
Several other residents in the community also pulled up their sleeves and cleared driveways and walkways for neighbors, area elderly and shut-ins.