Cleaning of our work areas and residences is sometimes neglected due to the busy operational tempo of the KMC. Designating time specifically for the upkeep of our facilities helps to remind us that a clean work and living area improves the working environment and the appearance of our on-base housing. This is why the 86th Civil Engineer Group is coordinating a Springtime Cleanup event for Thursday and May 6 and is encouraging all KMC facility managers and Military Family Housing residents to participate.
On Thursday, facility managers and building occupants should clean administrative and industrial facilities, grounds and common areas across the KMC. Objectives include litter collecting, weed pulling, trimming overgrown shrubs, tidying plant beds, removing tree limbs and pine cones, and raking and bagging leaves. Interior suggestions include cleaning stairwells, entries and carpets, cleaning out storage rooms, purging old files, washing windows, and perhaps even doing some minor touch-up painting. Remember the standard areas of responsibility extend 100 feet in all directions from buildings, including nearby parking lots and sidewalks.
The 786th Civil Engineer Squadron will pick up tree limbs, bagged leaves and weeds at curbside for later composting. Those taking park should separate tree branches and shrubs into two piles at curbside: one for small wood stems up to 4 inches in diameter, and another for larger material. Place weeds and leaves in biodegradable bags at curbside for CES pickup, but well away from dumpsters. Non biodegradable items should be bagged and disposed of in garbage dumpsters. Items like batteries, glass, bulk paper and metal should be taken to the nearest recycling center (Bldg. 5146 on Ramstein and Bldg. 2820 on Kapaun).
“The KMC Self-Help Store has a variety of equipment, tools and materials available to assist in this spring cleanup,” said Holger Graf, KMC Self-Help Store manager. “We can provide grass seed for bare lawn areas and we also have biodegradable bags for your weeds and leaves. Facility managers may check-out many types of hand/power tools, weed eaters, hedge trimmers, power washers, rakes, shovels, etc. that can help facility managers get this work done.”
The KMC Self-Help store is located in Bldg. 510. Call 480-5034 for deatils.
May 6 will focus on cleaning military family housing exteriors. Dorm occupants are also included. Objectives include weeding, trimming, raking, bagging, etc.
“Take the time to attend to your communities, including common areas like playgrounds, walkways and areas around the underground trash containers,” said Benjamin Hizon, KMC Housing Office deputy director. “Though participation is mandatory for housing residents, this is a great opportunity to team with your neighbors to foster community pride in the areas where you live and play and model responsibility to your children.”
U-fix-It stores are in Bldg. 859 on Ramstein, (06371-46-39520), Bldg. 1049 on Vogelweh (0631-357-90915) and Bldg. 3748 on Landstuhl (06371-46-39510).
(Courtesy of 786th CES)