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As the 2014 edition of the annual Apple and Pork festival approaches, local leaders recently discussed ways to keep Center Street cleaned up.

Last Monday night, the Clinton City Council approved payments for AREA Disposal to collect trash along Center Street of the Apple and Pork Festival. The service used to be gifted to the City from AREA, but that changed last year, and only once through the course of the weekend was it collected. Commissioner Tom Edmunds says that cannot happen again becuase it is a matter of public health.

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Porta-potties are provided on the grounds of the CH Moore Homestead during Apple and Pork weekend, but now local groups who set up along Center Street and on the downtown square are asking for the City to help pay for porta-potties there. Clinton Mayor Carolyn Peters says because of the large number of groups, the question would become, who do they help?

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Because there is no business between the vendors along Center Street, Edmunds suggests potentially taking over that space, and Commissioner Nan Crang even suggested having the nearly 50 vendors along the corridor help pay for a couple porta-potties to be set up in future years.

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While nothing could be acted on this close to Apple and Pork Festival weekend, September 27-28, the Council seemed decided something should be done in future years about getting more organization and record keeping of vendors along Center Street.

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