The Kane County valley communities of Orderville and Glendale decided they wanted to do something about the large amount of trash and junk that had accumulated over the years on numerous properties in their towns. Old, abandoned vehicles, appliances and other trash were spoiling the scenic qualities of the beautiful and historic small communities north of Kanab.

“Eyesore,” was travel destination marketer Roger Brooks’ harsh description of the communities, when he had undertaken an assessment of Kane County communities.

Ow! But instead of arguing or nursing wounded feelings, Glendale and Orderville (mayors, town councils and private citizens), came together to address the issue! There were numerous reasons the crazy clutter had multiplied and gotten out of hand. While some people are just lazy and didn’t particularly care how their property looks, other explanations also came into play – time, death and finances being among them!

“The mentality of Orderville and Glendale has been, ‘let’s just get it done,’ “commented Matt Brown, Kane County Economic Director, of the renewal project.

A kick-start was needed, and that came in the form of the Kane County Travel Council, and specifically Assistant Director Danielle Ramsay. And guess what – it was a project near and dear to her heart, because Ramsay is a former Valley girl!

Ramsay and Trails Development Director Kelly Stowell met with Glendale Mayor Kelly Lamb and the Town Council in January. “They felt like it was a good thing, and were very supportive,” said Ramsay. “They just basically needed someone to get it started.”

Kane County Travel Council budgeted funds to assist with the two community clean-ups. $15,000 total was dedicated – $5000 was reserved for clean-up costs (dumpsters, car removal, appliance and tire removal), while $5000 was dedicated to each town for beautification efforts (flower pots, flowers, rock, welcome signs in Orderville). Orderville also did some upkeep to the pavilion at the Old Rock Church in Mt. Carmel.

There were two dumpsters placed in each town, one for scrap metal, old appliances and tires, and the other for regular garbage. In Glendale, the dumpsters were placed by the Town Office Building. Orderville placed the dumpsters in a central location in town. Mayor Kelly Lamb organized the rock work that was done along the sidewalk going through Glendale. Orderville Mayor Bob Caruso was also supportive of the beautification efforts.

“I attended the Town Council and they referred me to Betty Purvis and the community’s beautification committee,” explained Ramsay. “Betty was a driving force for getting the clean-up days organized.”

Purvis said, “The clean-up campaign held in Orderville in May was a huge success, so much so that we have scheduled another one for October 1-15. Dumpsters will be set up for collecting junk, scrap metal, old appliances and old tires. During our clean-up in May, about 20 old, non-running cars were crushed, over 250 old tires were taken to the landfill, and several dumpsters of junk, scrap metal and old appliances were filled numerous times to capacity.  Our thanks to everyone for their efforts in these clean-up campaigns.”

The clean-up day in Orderville was similar to the one in Glendale, with many people pitching in and participating. Community pride was evident.

“It was such a positive effort on both of the communities’ part. I’m just so happy it came together,” said Ramsay. “The mayors and citizens of both towns were just awesome to work with, and really helped to get the ball rolling. I was just an instrument – they did all the work.”

Ramsay said it’s so heartening to drive through both communities now – the hard work has really paid off. “People are really taking ownership of their properties, they both are looking great.”

Ramsay also wanted to give a shout out to Danny Little, with the Western Kane County Special Service District, for his support, saying, “He was fantastic to work with!”