More than 70 volunteers clean up highway, kick off ‘Make Cedar Sparkle’ campaign

By Holly Coombs

More than 70 volunteers including members of Southern Utah University football team, gathered to kick off the “Make Cedar Sparkle” campaign with a service project cleaning approximately three miles of Highway 56 of debris and garbage last Saturday.

“The turnout has been great,” Jim Johnson with said. “We have had at least 70 to 80 people here at a time and we started at 7 a.m.”

The group continued working until 11 a.m. in the wind and collected 2.79 tons of trash from the roadside that was taken to the landfill.

Cedar City Council members Fred Rowley, Paul Cozzens and Craig Isom publicly thanked the public in a letter on social media about the efforts of the project.

We did it! (last Saturday), out on Highway 56, we had volunteers ranging in age from 6 to 86 show up by the carloads to help with our kick-off project to Make Cedar City Sparkle,” according to the letter.  “In a matter of four hours we cleaned over two miles of highway and made it look so much better!”

In the letter, the council members thanked Bruce Anderson, manager of the Iron County Landfill for leading the charge on this project, Jim and Deb Johnson from, Chris McCormick from the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce, and Augustin Meynard from the city for their help in organizing it.

“There is still more to do,” the letter stated. “Get your friends and neighbors together and find a spot that needs some care and Make Cedar City Sparkle!”

Akili Gray and Bishop Jones from the SUU football team said they were happy to serve the community and help with the project.

“We wanted to come and help the community because so many come to a lot of our games and we just want to give back to the community,” Jones said.

Cozzens said he’s grateful his fellow council member, Rowley, coined the phrase “Make Cedar Sparkle” for the campaign.

“I think it’s not just an LDS thing,” he said. “We are going to have a lot of people focused on our community when the temple dedication happens and we want to make our city beautiful and presentable to the public and visitors that are looking at our community when they visit us.”

Cozzens said he appreciates the volunteers who helped with the clean-up project and there are other opportunities to make Cedar City clean.

“They are wonderful people and hard workers and we got a lot done,” he said.

To find out about more projects, Cozzens said is the website to stay up-to-date.

“This has been a great effort,” he said. “(The city) also has spring cleaning every year that we often haul hundreds of trashes away and it keeps the city looking nice.

PHOTO by Holly Coombs

Caption: More than 70 volunteers cleaned Highway 56 of trash and debris as part of the “Make Cedar Sparkle” campaign to make the city clean and presentable to visitors.

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