Operation Clean Neighborhoods returns to Colombia | Local

Operation Clean Neighborhoods returns to Colombia |  Local

Lisa Rohmiller held a bag of cigarettes, candy wrappers and other trash in Douglass Park as she laughed alongside a new acquaintance. Rohmiller, administrative supervisor for Columbia City Utilities, and Verna Laboy, with Boone County Public Health and Human Services, had not met before Friday. But both were part of the large group of city workers who volunteered to clean up the town.







Dalynne Holly uses a shovel

Dalynne Holly uses a shovel Friday at Columbia. “Community involvement is always a positive, right? When you see people working who are volunteers, and then you have the neighbors who see the pride you take in cleaning up and keeping your community in good shape…it’s gratifying,” said Holly.



Operation Clean Neighborhoods returned to Columbia on Friday for the first time since COVID-19 halted the project in 2020, making it the 11th such event. The cleanup began at Douglass Park and Park Avenue at 8:30 am and proceeded to Wilkes Boulevard.







Rachelle Miller throws weed

Rachelle Miller throws weed Friday at Columbia. ”Just cleaning up Columbia [and] making it a better place to live, work and play. It’s better for everyone,” Miller said of volunteering.









Robert Lambers, right, watches as a volunteer crosses the street.

Robert Lambers, right, watches as a volunteer crosses the street on Friday in Columbia. The group had completed the cleanup on Park Avenue and was moving to start cleanup on Lyon Street.









Marquell Robinson repaints the curb

Marquell Robinson repaints the curb Friday at Columbia. Each volunteer was assigned a task and a group. Some volunteers worked in the park, picked up litter and mowed the lawn.









Tammy Irovic adds the final coat for the newly painted crosswalk

Tammy Irovic adds the final coat for the newly painted crosswalk Friday in Columbia. “We had a lot of enthusiasm from our staff to do this event again and clearly from their participation we know they were eager and excited to come to this neighborhood today,” said Leigh Kottwitz, manager of neighborhood services for the City of Columbia.









Ravin Forbis, mow the lawn

Ravin Forbis mows the lawn Friday in Columbia. The “street” cleaning crew distributed their task, with volunteers working the entirety of Park Avenue.









A street sweeper cleans up the remaining grass clippings

A street sweeper cleans up remaining grass clippings Friday in Columbia. Many volunteers work for the City of Columbia in various fields and departments and came together for this annual community event.



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