Now that spring really seems to be here, you decide to enjoy it by going out for a walk.
But what should be a pleasant stroll turns irksome when you spy empty beer cans, plastic bags, sandwich wrappers and more on the roadsides of your Geneva neighborhood.
It bothers 3rd Ward Alderman Dean Kilburg, too. So he is spearheading a citywide litter clean up-day May 10.
"There are lots of areas in the winter that sort of collect trash, and no one takes ownership," Kilburg said. Some of the hot spots he sees are along State Street at intersections with Kirk Road and Route 25, and on Route 31 between the Kane County Government Center and Fabyan Parkway.
The plan is simple: pick up garbage bags and latex gloves from city officials, go collect trash somewhere in your neighborhood, take the trash back to the city officials.
"I just thought it would be beneficial for people to get involved in some small way to make a difference," Kilburg said.
He is particularly inspired by a neighbor who collects a bag of litter while taking her daily morning walk. She has done this for 20 years, he said. He has heard of others who do the same thing, and is working on a way to recognize them publicly.
From 9 a.m. to noon May 10, aldermen will distribute garbage bags and latex gloves and receive the litter collected, at Fire Station 2, 2530 Fargo Blvd.; Fire Station 1, 200 East Side Drive; and the public works department, 1800 South St.
They suggest residents work on their own streets or in their own neighborhoods.
"We'll see how it goes," Kilburg said.
For more information, call your alderman at (630) 232-0000. A ward map can be found on the city's website at geneva.il.us/DocumentCenter/View/74.