“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller
One great community service project for Earth Day 2015 started from a simple conversation. Planning Commissioner Don Quigley, City Administrator John Taylor and Councilmember Ernest Burgess were talking about improving some of the gateway entrances into their neighborhoods. One particular parking strip is a classic out of sight, out of mind piece of property coming in off of 4700 South onto 1175 South. The thought was that this would be a great project for the community to find a solution for, in concert with some funding from the city.
Bishop Richard Lyon of the Taylorsville 13th Ward asked if there was a service project the ward could undertake for the neighborhood. As a member of that ward, Don Quigley let him know he had the perfect project. Don coordinated with the City of Taylorsville and received permission to proceed. The City provided the materials and the Taylorsville 13th Ward provided the labor. They knocked down weeds, tilled up the ground, removed about three inches of debris, sterilized the dirt, laid down a weed barrier, and installed approximately 3 inches of rock. This has made a huge difference in the entrance to this neighborhood and now it is virtually maintenance-free.
As part of this service project, at the same time the rock work was being done, a number of the Relief Society sisters and High Priests were assisting neighbors in taking advantage of the Taylorsville Earth Day Collection Event by arranging to go by neighbors homes and pick up items that could be taken to City Hall for recycling or disposal. Several pick up loads of hazardous waste items, electronics, document shredding, and prescription drugs, which were gathered up and taken to City Hall to be disposed of in the morning. Both projects started at 8am and were finished by 12 noon.
Thank you to the many Taylorsville 13th Ward volunteers and the coordination efforts of Don Quigley, John Taylor, and Councilmember Burgess for working together to beautify this area.