“The line was already forming at 7:30 a.m.,” said Cheryl Dunson, board member, “and by 9 a.m., it was out the gate.”
Even though there was some concern since it was Easter weekend attendance would be down, that wasn’t the case.
“It never stopped,” said Joanne Maskew, KAB’s executive director. “We were that busy.”
And although the wait was about a half-an-hour on average, even with two lines at one point, few people complained, said Shari Horton, KAB board member.
Organizers allowed people to come through the line until 1:45 p.m., even though it was officially supposed to close at 1 p.m.
“The response was so good,” she said.
A second such event in the fall also was suggested by Dunson. This event had been held twice yearly, but this year the state withdrew funding. The event was only able to be held at all thanks to the Bradley County government sponsoring it.
“Such events keep landfills healthier,” Dunson said.
Two such events per year had been held previously. Dunson also suggested the KAB Education Committee should consider providing additional education throughout the year on what waste the event specifically will accept, as well as how to properly package the waste.
In addition, Horton reported attendance at the It’s All About the Green event at Cleveland State Community College drew more than twice as many visitors as the year before.
“It was a good turnout,” Horton said.
Coming events and meetings in May include:
- Poster Contest winners on Wednesday, May 2, at 12:45 p.m. at Stuart Elementary School; presentation of gift certificates.
- Coalition for Community Improvement Committee, Friday, May 4, at 1 p.m. in the Public Works Conference Room.
- Essay Contest winners, presentation of Savings Bonds, on Monday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Board of Education meeting in the Administrative Office Building on Mouse Creek Road.
- Michigan Avenue School -3rd Grade presentations by 80 students on Tuesday, May 8, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; for more information, contact Ashley Allen.
- E.L. Ross School — Third-grade presentations by 60 students on Wednesday, May 9, from 8:45 to 11 a.m., and on Thursday, May 10, from 8:45 to 11 a.m.; for more information, contact Cherish Reid.
- Charleston Elementary — Third-grade Presentation by 60 students on Friday, May 11, at 12:15 p.m.; for more information, contact Linda Green.
- Business & Industry Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 16, at 4 p.m. at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.
n Education Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 22, at 4 p.m. at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.
- KAB Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, May 23, 4 p.m. at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.
In other business:
- Homestead Lawn & Garden, the John Deere dealer on APD 40, won KAB’s March Business Beautification award. Volunteer Energy on Georgetown Road earned it for April and Super Saver for May. Future nominations are welcome.
- The Urbane Road Recycling Center has extended its hours on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call Joanne Maskew, KAB executive director.KAB is located at 474 2nd St. S.E. The phone numbers are 559-3307 and 595-1235. The e-mail is email@example.com.