Mosca plans community clean up event

ALAMOSA COUNTY — With a new sewer system in place, Mosca community members now hope to clean up more of the town.

Mosca Pit Stop owner Cindy New and Alamosa County Code Enforcement Officer Jinger Tilden announced a Mosca clean up day on April 19, right before Earth Day (April 22.) Although the promotion will culminate on April 19, the clean up efforts will occur for about a month.

Tilden said since the new sewer system has been completed, several members of the community have expressed interest in cleaning up the community. Mosca Pit Stop and the Mosca United Methodist Church have taken the lead on this project. Tilden explained that she is also helping coordinate the event and is working with Colorado Recycles out of Monte Vista to place three 20-yard roll-off units in Mosca near the community center where the lift station is. As they are filled up, they will be removed with new units set up throughout the month.

One will be for trash, one for electronics and tires and one for metals. Batteries will also be accepted as well as appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines, Tilden said. She said Colorado Recycles is donating some of the loads for free, with the remaining $1,500 cost split between the church, Pit Stop and Alamosa County Land Use Department. The county commissioners did not need to have a formal motion but gave their consent to $500 from the code enforcement budget being used towards the effort.

Tilden said members of the community would be able to place items in the roll off containers during the clean up event. She said New had also contacted Sangre de Cristo School Superintendent Brady Stagner about students from the school becoming involved.

Tilden said she would like to see voluntary clean up efforts rather than having to give people tickets for not cleaning up blighted areas. She added that after the Mosca clean up effort, she would like to see other such efforts in East Alamosa, Deer Valley Meadows and other parts of the county.

New said this event will be a good community outreach opportunity, and she extended an invitation to nearby homes to participate, in addition to those living in Mosca itself. She said students from the school could assist elderly and others who might need some assistance in cleaning up their properties.

“We have a lot of negative things in our world right now,” New said. “This would be very positive.”

“I think it’s a great idea,” Alamosa County Commissioner Helen Sigmond said.

“What a great project,” added Alamosa County Commissioner Michael Yohn, adding to New, “Thank you for being a champion of this.”

He added, “It’s nice to see people taking pride in the community there.”

Alamosa County Commission Chairman Darius Allen also acknowledged the News for donating property for the sewer system.

Information will be posted on flyers and Facebook and in the mail. Anyone wishing assistance in cleaning up their properties may contact the county land use office at 589-3812.