During this series of articles during the month of January, I would like to take a look at La Porte City and point out just a few things that we should be incredibly thankful for.  Individually these things might not be special just to La Porte City, but when you combine them all together and place them in one city, then it all adds up to make our city a very special place.

In this week’s article I would like to look at the folks that keep our city clean by picking up our trash. I have never experienced a group that is friendlier and who really go the extra mile to help. They have helped me carry out trash from my garage when I was running late; they always wave and greet me as they drive by. There they are, in the rain, snow, wind, after holidays, load after load of who knows what is in the trash cans, and they just keep that truck moving along quickly and efficiently.

I cannot imagine how tough it is to climb down from the back of the truck or out of the cab, pick up big loads of trash that come in all forms from nice trash bens to soggy paper boxes, throw the stuff into the truck, climb back up onto the truck, and do it again, and again, and again.

I have traveled places where people in huge sections of a city simply dump their trash in a big area. And maybe and infrequently, someone might come by sometime to pick up some of it and carry to who knows where. I have lived in cities where these folks are more focused on rules and are always grumpy. All that I can ask is please do not take the service we receive for granted. It is not the norm in most cities around the US and around the world.

To those folks who help keep our city clean and disease free, I just want to say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”