Team Lee Spruces Up for Spring

FORT LEE, Va. (April 8, 2010) – The flowers are sprouting, the birds are starting to sing, the snow has cleared and the weather is finally warmer. Spring is here, which means it’s time for that annual event that encourages everyone at Fort Lee to clean up their surroundings. Spring clean-up week is scheduled for April 11-16.

All units around the installation have been assigned various areas that they are responsible to “beautify.” The cleanup is not exclusive to military members. Civilians are encouraged to join in as well.

“The Civilians are invited to give Soldiers in the building a hand. This is Team Lee, we need to use the team concept,” said Command Sgt. Maj. June Seay, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee command sergeant major. She encouraged Civilians leaders of Civilian employees to pick a day for them to come to work in jeans and T-shirts and help clean up around the building.

“Pick a day, Friday or something,” Seay suggested.

Brendan Bowman, DPTMS, offered several suggestions for the office projects. This is the time to clean out refrigerators, work areas and recycle bins. He also said to throw away old telephone books, update command information boards by purging them of expired command letters and maps.

When cleaning up outside, products like chemical weed-eaters are not authorized without consulting with Environmental Waste Management, said EWM’s Matthew Weeks.

Weeks also said grass and shrubs near waste water run-off ponds should be left intact and uncut to serve as a filter for debris that might otherwise go into the ponds.

When planting shrubs or flowers on Fort Lee, Soldiers and Civilians may want to refer to the Fort Lee policy 18-03 on prohibited plants or the policy 16-03 on flowers and tree shrubs.

During Spring Clean Up:

• Sticks, branches and limbs are to be kept separate from yard waste. Limbs and branches should be no more than four feet long and stacked neatly at the curb.

• Yard waste must be bagged in clear plastic bags and placed at the curb for collection (yard waste should not be placed loose in recycle containers or trash containers).

• Use care not to overload bags. Bags in excess of 20-30 pounds should be double or triple bagged to prevent breaking and/or tearing of bags.

• Report damaged traffic signs, trees with excessive or hazardous limbs, trash piles, and damaged property to the DOL/DPW service order desk at (804) 734-5100.