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Resolve to Redd Up

Resolutions of the New Year's kind hardly ever pan out. But what about resolutions of the governmental kind? Anti-litter activist and Dormont Borough Council member John Maggio wants this one to stick around. He and the rest of the Dormont Borough Council recently passed a resolution "recognizing Pittsburgh area litter clean ups and designating one Saturday in April and October as 'Redd Up Days' in Dormont."

The resolution is an inspiring read to current and future litter-fighters, and recognizes the importance that citizen volunteers play in the quality of life of their communities.

We invite other communities to "Resolve to Redd Up." We encourage other local governments to borrow the language of the Dormont resolution and tailor it to fit their own community. Together, we can make a difference.

The text of the resolution is as follows:


WHEREAS, Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program, takes place annually in the spring, from March 1 through May 31, it is estimated that more than three million volunteers of all ages will be taking on the nationwide challenge to "pick up, spruce up, and paint up" during the Annual Great American Cleanup; and

WHEREAS, 15,000 volunteers in communities throughout Allegheny County and beyond will join together in over 200 neighborhood and community clean ups, to help cleanup unsightly litter and debris on a Saturday in April and October every year; and

WHEREAS, twice a year Dormont will have the chance to showcase its Volunteer spirit and green initiatives as volunteers in all communities join together for a day of community projects, volunteer cleanups and educational exhibits; and

WHEREAS, students from the University of Pittsburgh volunteer to help Dormont in its clean up event in October, helping to raise the awareness of the public's civil responsibility to show love for their community by help keeping it clean; and

WHEREAS, Dormont Borough invites all citizens of Allegheny County to join the many creative cleanup, beautification and community improvement activities scheduled for our local area that are called "Redd up Days"; and

WHEREAS, under the organization and leadership of Dormont Borough, with help from volunteers, local activities may include recycling, park cleanup, tree and flower beautification, and removing litter and debris from neighborhoods, parks, playgrounds, schools and other public lands; and

WHEREAS, volunteers know they really make a visible difference in Dormont and in their communities, and it gives a new sense of hometown pride and accomplishment, setting an example that can help change attitudes about littering and even prevent litter in the first place;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Borough of Dormont hereby goes on record as recognizing the importance of these clean ups to the community That this Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Government of Dormont Borough requiring it.

ADOPTED this 7th day of February, 2011

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