Momentum is increasing toward the community- wide cleanup effort that is set to begin April 14 and continue through April 21 in the first month of the new effort to beautify Brady and McCulloch County. The cleanup committee, appointed by Mayor James Stewart, met again this week and is working toward organizing as many individual teams to participate in the April 20-21 effort. Besides organization of the two-day cleanup, a variety of other happenings have become part of the growing community effort to change the aesthetics of Brady. Members of the cleanup committee are performing a sponsorship drive this week to get as many businesses and individuals to contribute financially, with manpower or a combination thereof. “Our committee has already seen a very positive response to request to be involved in this effort,” said Stewart. “We are working toward identifying target areas that are in need of help from teams who are volunteering their efforts. Over the next two weeks, we are going to continue with the organizational efforts for that two-day effort.” Prior to the community-wide cleanup effort, a litter campaign both within the city limits and along the highways leading into Brady is scheduled for next weekend, April 14. The coordination of the Saturday morning litter pickup is being done by the members of the Brady High School Student Council. This event is being conducted in tandem with the Great Texas Trash-Off, a state sponsored beautification effort. To date, the Central Texas Master Gardeners is the only organization that is actively participating in the Adopt-a-Highway campaign. Their stretch of highway begins on U.S. Hwy. 87 just past Brady Implement Company. In response to a challenge issued by Stewart, two groups have already committed to enrolling in the Adopt-a-Highway campaign. The first group to announce their commitment is the board of directors of the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce voted last Thursday to formally participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program. “Our board voted during our regular meeting, and we wanted to show the community that we are on board with this campaign to clean up this community,” said Wendy Ellis, director of the Chamber. A second group, the sanctuary choir of the First United Methodist Church in Brady also announced its desire to adopt another two-mile stretch of highway and the employees of the Brady Standard- Herald have chosen to adopt the Brady Creek area between U.S. Hwy. 87 and the low water crossing at Elm Street. “These are just a few of the things that are happening,” said Stewart. “The financial commitment to sponsor roll off dumpsters continues to grow as does the commitment by churches and groups to lend a hand to work together on this effort.” Stewart also announced this week that the theme for the month of May will focus on disposing of trees, limbs and brush. “These items are a recyclable resource that take up a lot of room in the landfill,” said Stewart. “We are working to get the word out early that this entire campaign is not just a one month effort. By letting people know our plan for the month of May will focus on tree, limb and brush removal, we can also save time, effort and landfill space during our April 20-21 cleanup.” Details of the May effort will be announced later, but the city’s chipper will be available and brush and leaf collection will also be included. To participate in the effort on either April 14 or the 20-21, contact city hall at 597-2152. Problem areas that citizens would like to see addressed can also be added to a perpetual list being kept at the same number.