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Forum staff reports, Published April 29 2013

Fargo, Moorhead move Cleanup Week back to first full week in May

FARGO – With the Red River crest dropping and the flood fight winding down, city leaders here and in Moorhead decided tonight to move Cleanup Week back to the first full week in May.

The Fargo City Commission voted unanimously to move the spring cleaning event to next week – May 6 through May 10.

Moorhead City Council members also unanimously agreed to hold the event next week.

Cleanup Week is when the city allows residents to dispose of just about anything on the curb free of charge.

Earlier this month, with the flood fight ramping up, Fargo commissioners voted to push Cleanup Week into late September. Moorhead officials moved their cleaning week into June.

The predicted crest for the Red River has since dropped substantially – from near 41 feet to 35 feet. Forecasters expect it to crest on Wednesday.

West Fargo officials have said in the past that they will follow Fargo on scheduling the cleanup event. Dilworth is also planning its Cleanup Week for next week.

Fargo and Moorhead city officials said they’ve since received complaints about moving the annual event, and with the less severe flood forecast, staff recommended the cities move Cleanup Week back to its original time.

Commissioner Melissa Sobolik said there was even a call out on local radio stations, asking listeners to email Fargo commissioners and ask them to move Cleanup Week back to its original time.

“I think people will be happy that it’s moved back,” Sobolik said.