SAFFORD — Jay Rasco wants to make a good impression.
The founder of Southeastern Arizona Clean and Beautiful said that was the reason Saturday’s cleanup took place at the intersection of U.S. Highway 191 and Solomon Road.
“This is a major intersection; everyone that goes from Tucson to Safford sees this. So what kind of impression do we want to make?” Rasco said.
About a half-dozen volunteers spent their Saturday morning clearing brush and weeds, picking up trash and cutting down dead trees on the northeast corner of the intersection, including 12-year-old Kyle Sanders, who spent the morning taking down a 10-foot tree with a handsaw.
“I like to cut down trees with my old saw,” he said. “I just wanted to volunteer.”
Rasco said SEACAB is continuing to target high-visibility areas to beautify the area. And he’s working with the Arizona Department of Transportation on highway adoption for trash pickup.
“Plus we want to put up ‘Don’t Litter’ signs. You see them everywhere in New Mexico; we should have them here, too,” Rasco said.
“We want people thinking about keeping our city clean,” he continued. “And they’re starting to talk.”
The cleanup will conclude this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.