Maynard Morris faithfully spends about an hour each week cleaning, sweeping and picking up trash. No, not at his house, but at the Utah Department of Transportation's Park & Ride Lot at 600 W. 200 North.
Morris said he cares about tidiness, but his volunteer cleaning job at the parking lot has become too big to handle, and he's asked Kaysville for assistance.He approached the City Council with an agreement from the state to enlist the city's help. The city's staff is considering the agreement.
The city already removes snow from the parking lot, but has never considered cleaning it, because it is state property.
Morris said he's tired of hearing the state property excuse and would like the city to start exercising the same care for the parking lot as it does for a city park.
He's been doing all he can to keep the lot clean for the past decade. If the state wasn't going to keep the lot clean, he certainly would. He said besides picking up trash there, he's mowed lawn and weeds and has hand-swept the entire lot several times during yearly cycles.
Morris believes the state will be repaving the deteriorating parking lot soon and that there may be state funds available to help the city keep it clean. Located just west of I-15, the lot is a very prominent eyesore.
First, he'd like the city to require all the adjacent property owners to clean up and haul away the debris left from their recent construction projects.
He'd also like the city to consider installing a sprinkler system around the lot and also to use a street sweeper on the property at least once a year.
Councilman Robert Rees said he believes the city does have a responsibility to help keep the parking lot clean, though that doesn't add up to the same care it gives its park land.
"I wish we had 10,000 people like you," Rees told Morris. "I think we need to do something."
Councilman Stephen Whitesides agreed and also thanked Morris for his cleanup efforts.