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Revitalizing Forks, one step at a time

The members of the Forks Revitalization Committee recently finished one big clean up project, but it won’t be their last.

 

That’s the word from Bill Sperry, who with his wife, Kitty, owns the 110 Business Park and other commercial properties around town. The two are also members of the revitalization committee, along with Linda Wells, Pura Carlson, Marcia Bingham, Larry Burtness and Bruce Guckenberg.

 

They and a crew of volunteers recently cleaned up a lot on U.S. Highway 101 just south of town that was home to a number of abandoned and partial recreational vehicles.

 

Sperry says they removed “huge quantities of garbage” from the site.

 

He also said it was a relief to get it done, saying he’d had his eye on the project for more than 10 years.
Sperry says the committee’s overall goal is easily defined: “Anything that will make Forks look better.”

While the members of the committee donate their time, effort and machinery to the various tasks, they also are aided by funding provided about three years ago by First Federal.

 

Of the initial $25,000 grant, Sperry said, about $8,000 remains. It’s managed by the Forks Chamber of Commerce.

 

Next up: Cleaning up a messy yard on Russell Road, just south of the airport. Sperry estimates they’ll need at least three 30-yard dumpsters and numerous volunteers working for several days to get the work done.

 

That includes the big clean-up jobs, and also the small touches, including wooden planter boxes that are now located all around town.

 

With spring in the air, they’ll soon be checking all the boxes to make sure they’re structurally sound and to refinish those that need a little pick-me-up.

 

Other projects include completing the restoration of the town clock on the sidewalk near A Street and perhaps the clock in the tower overlooking the Mocha Motion.

 

Sperry admits it’s tough getting volunteers. As he pointed out, on nice sunny days — days appropriate to carrying out the committee’s tasks — most Forks residents are taking the rare opportunity to work on their own outdoor projects. But, he added, he’s determined to get the work done. “If I can’t get volunteers, I’ll pay,” he said.

 

For more information, or to sign up, call Sperry at 374-4090.

 

Reach Mark Couhig at mcouhig@soundpublishing.com.

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