Thursday, August 9, 2018

2018 Clean Sweep Volunteers of the Year

The City of Shelton announces its 2018 Clean Sweep "Volunteer of the Year" Awards. 

Hundreds of people participated in Shelton's annual Clean Sweep event last April by removing litter from their neighborhood streets, parks, and waterways. All participants were eligible for free custom iron-on patches, which featured the Hope Lake dam in 2018, as well as certificates of appreciation signed by the Mayor. 

Each year, the City also give special recognition to a few of its most active volunteers: 

Individual Category: Lisa Sutton

Lisa Sutton has been picking up litter around Shelton for years. One of the places she often cleans up is the Gristmill Trail area on Mill Street along the Far Mill River.  The two parking areas and the fishing area around the dam are often a mess and she cleans that up. She's also picked up litter from other trailhead parking areas like the one at Eklund Garden at Shelton Lakes,  from church parking lots, and from roadsides. One of Ms Sutton's pet peeves are cigarette butts, which contain plastic and are not biodegradable. 

Group Category: Boy Scout Troop 28

Troop 28 has a tradition of removing large piles of debris from Shelton's Public Open Space, and they did it again in 2018. They chose a location near the Shelton Lakes Community Garden and hiking trails where abandoned junk was scattered along an area filled with thorny brush. The debris included four tires and rims, a hot water tank, a large metal desk, an old toilet, a mattress, aluminum siding, two lawn mowers, two 55-gallon drums, 6 large bags of smaller items, and other debris. Plot holders at the nearby community garden were especially happy to see the junk removed from the woods. 



Business Category: Tighe and Bond

Employees at Tighe and Bond's Shelton office (1000 Bridgeport Ave.) once again cleaned up portions of Isinglass Road and Huntington Street that abut the land around Trap Falls Reservoir. They filled thirty-five large trash bags with litter and removed other items such as car parts and buckets. Tighe and Bond offers engineering and environmental consulting services. 

For more information about Shelton Clean Sweep or it's Adopt-a-Street program, visit DontTrashShelton.org or contact Teresa Gallagher at conservation@cityofshelton.org

Monday, July 24, 2017

Our First Annual Fall Cleanup

The Anti-Litter Committee announces it's first annual fall clean-up to be held at Riverview Park on Saturday, September 30 from 8:30 - 10:30 am. Meet at the playground on the north end of the park, located near the intersection of CT 110 (Howe Ave) and Wheeler Street. (See Google map for driving directions). We will have garbage bags.

Riverview Park. The Bluff Walk is the black dashed line. 

This cleanup is open to all, no registration required. While the Parks Department does pick up the manicured areas you can see from Howe Avenue, there is a wooded slope going down to the river with a walking path called "The Bluff Walk" that was built over 100 years ago. Litter tends to blow in from Rt 110 down the hill and collect along the slope. The trail is about half a mile long.

Shelton's First Park and oldest walking path
We have a few extra 2017 Clean Sweep Patches leftover and these will be given away to participants first come first serve. Hope to see you there.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Clean Sweep 2017

The "Plavec Group" in Huntington Woods
People across Shelton hit the streets, parks, schools, and waterways for the 10th annual Shelton Clean Sweep, held the week of Earth Day (April 22). There were twenty-five registered cleanups around town and many more that were not registered. Many thanks to everyone involved!


Girl Scout Troop 60672 cleaned up Mohegan School
It's hard to believe the first Shelton Clean Sweep was ten years ago, and the 10-year old kids who participated are now adults. We hope the participation of so many kids will foster an appreciation of litter-free parks and streets in future generations.

Tighe & Bond employees cleaned up Isinglass Road.

We encourage people to report their cleanups, although it seems most people would prefer not to. The 'report a clean-up' form is for all litter cleanups across Shelton, not just for Clean Sweep, and helps us determine how much is getting picked up. The link to report is easy to find on the DontTrashShelton.org webpage, on the left margin. Seventeen cleanups involving 122 people were reported via this link during the Clean Sweep 2017 period:

Shelton High Period 2 Civics Class
Shelton High School front area
4 medium sized bags
14

Sheri Dutkanicz
Nells Rock Road
1 large bag
1
Pack 24 -
Booth Hill School
Booth Hill School
14 plastic shopping bags
14
GS troop 60672
Mohegan school
1/2 of a large bag
11 7 year olds
The Pastores
Seneca Road
One large bag and a load of Jack Daniels bottles
3
Stusalitus Family
Canfield Drive open space along roadside
1 small tire, 1 ice chest, 3 large bags mostly liquor bottles & fast food trash
3
Girl Scout Troop 60294
Cali Drive
1 large bag and 1 small bag
10
Carreira Family
Regan Circle, Wooster Street
2 large bags
4
Boy Scout Troop 28
Shelton Lakes Path
6 tires, vinyl siding, part of a large tractor, a furnace, 2 air conditioners, a car transmission, front and back seat of an old car, 10 additional bags of garbage
24
Plavec Group
Balsam Circle, Wesley Drive and Shelton Rec Path Parallel
One large 42 gal trash bag
3
Tighe & Bond
Isinglass Road at the intersection of Huntington Street
15 Large Bags, tire, car parts
4
Gil Pastore
Farmill River from Yutaka Trail to Farmill Crossing
4 large bags & beach ball
3
MOMS Club of Shelton
Riverview Park, surrounding play area.
3 large bags
5
Mikayla Wsilewski/Janie Hulton
Wabuda. Rt108
4 large bags
2
Daisy Troop 60396
Shelton High School
10 bags- filled as much as a Daisy could carry! :) (about 1/2 filled)
18
Devin Mitola
Sunnyside Elementary
1 large garbage bag
2
Fernando Alves
Area around interesection of Meadow Street and Shelton Avenue
2 large bags
1



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Old Wrestling Platform and Tires -- So Many Tires

Work in progress.  So many tires.
There was an impressive old wrestling platform in the open space off of Pine Tree Hill and Beech Tree Hill Road, covered in vines and vegetation, and resting on a mountain of stacked tires. It was on our wishlist for cleanup for several years before Chris Vickers rose to the challenge. In addition to being unsightly during winter months, the tires were breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

BEFORE

AFTER - WOW!

Chris had to clear the vegetation, cut the platform up with a chainsaw, and took about 100 tires to the transfer station. But there are still more tires to haul out, and Chris is looking for help to get the job finished. Calling all Scouts! If there are any troop out there willing to help, please contact Teresa at conservation@cityofshelton.org.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

2016 Clean Sweep Awards

Congratulations to our 2016 Volunteer of the Year awards! We have three categories: business, organization, and individual. This year we have two local businesses that worked together on a project and each gets an award.  Our winners are selected from those who have submitted cleanup reports via our online reporting form at DontTrashShelton.org, and exclude Adopt-a-Street participants and members of the Anti-Litter Committee.

Volunteer of the Year: Business Category
Mica-Corporation and Electri-Cable Assemblies (ECA)
For cleaning up Mountain View Drive and Ivy Brook Lane by removing 55 bags of litter along with two tires, license plates, an engine, and clothing. (Click awards to enlarge).




Volunteer of the Year: Organization Category
Boy Scout Troop 28
For hauling a pile of garbage up the the bottom of a cliff in the Shelton Lakes Greenway, including 3000 lbs of metal (a car), 45 tires, and fifteen bags of garbage.



Volunteer of the Year: Individual Category
Austin Foley
For collecting twelve bags of litter from East Village Park.


Congratulations! 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Litter Definition Expanded

On November 12, 2015, Shelton's Board of Aldermen adopted an amendment to the City Ordinances which expands the definition of litter to include advertising materials. Litter now specifically includes telephone books, books, and advertising materials. Previously it was a more of a gray area in the ordinance, open to interpretation. 



Besides phone books, other items that get thrown in people's driveways and lawns include little baggies that contain a business card and few rocks to weigh it down. No one wants these. No one wants to have to pick them up. Also litter: pamphlets, brochures, fake religious plastic gold coins thrown all over the street. 

Business card in baggie with rocks thrown from car. This is littering. 

Reference Ordinance: Chapter 7 Article I Section 7-9 Littering or Dumping Prohibited. Amendment approved unanimously November 12, 2015. Public Hearing took place October 27, 2015. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Battle of Pearmain

Pearmain Road at the gas pipeline after the cleanup (click photo to enlarge)
Pearmain Road is one of the White Hill's more interesting streets, linking Birdseye Road to Saw Mill City Road.  Traveling west from Birdseye Road, Pearmain is a narrow, paved street lined with farmland and homes. But the pavement ends, and that's where the trouble begins.  A few hundred yards of easily-traveled dirt road leads to a Iroquois Gas Pipeline facility and a turn-around of sorts (see location on Google Maps). Past that point, the road is in such poor shape that it's become a challenge course for young people with 4WD trucks and a popular route for ATVs (note: the trucks are legal on this road, but the ATVs are not). 

People have been dumping and partying here for years. A video from 2006 was taken by the new conservation agent after receiving a complaint about a pile of tires where the gas pipeline crosses Pearmain Road. The location can be reached by hiking south from the Land Trust's Nicholdale Farm property off of Rt 110 (location of a Scout camp).



The area was then cleaned up, and Iroquois installed a heavy gate across Pearmain Road where the pavement ends. Sadly, the heavy chain locking the gate was cut, repeatedly. Everyone finally just gave up trying to keep it locked and the dumping continued.

The issue came to the forefront again in the fall of 2014 while the Trails Committee was building an official connector trail from the Land Trust's Scout camp out to Pearmain Road. The new trailhead came out onto Pearmain Road only a few feet from piles of trash. Committee members took apart an old picnic table that had been dumped and used the lumber for a trail bridge. Most concerning were the campfire remains found directly over the gas pipeline. Kids were playing with fire right on top of a huge natural gas line!  This lent a sense of urgency to the issue.

A real mess
After conferring with various city departments, the Conservation Agent researched better ways to lock the existing gate and installed security cameras. Some chains appear to be much stronger than others.   Justino's Landscaping then rose to the challenge, hauling out a mountain of trash. The Police Department reviewed the area and now makes a point to check the gate routinely: If the gate is suddenly found open on a Saturday night, there is probably a party going on.  

Garbage removed, but landscaping debris is unsightly. 
After the trash was hauled out, there was still a lot of unsightly landscaping debris that had been dumped, including many large, rotting logs.  The Police noted that the logs were an invitation for kids who wanted to start a fire, and recommended the wood be removed. Highways & Bridges then sent in a crew to remove the landscaping debris, finishing up by spreading woodchips. 


Much better!
The road is still technically open to registered vehicles. Although they can't pass through the gate, it's legal to drive in from Saw Mill City Road if you have a truck capable of handling the rough road. The point of the gate was to stop people coming in the easy way with loads of debris they want to dump as well as teenagers driving in by car to attend a party. The gate seems to be accomplishing that so far.

In conclusion, it has taken the efforts of a lot of people to get this dumpsite cleaned up, and to keep it secure from future dumping, but where there is a will, there is a way. Many thanks to the following:

Iroquois Gas Company
Justino's Landscaping
Shelton Highways & Bridges
Shelton Police Department