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Block Meister Program

When I was stationed in Korea, I noticed how trashy the country was.  Their cities, countryside, even their beaches were very littered.  No one seemed to care of the condition of where they lived, work, and played.  My family came back to Colorado and witnessed our community turning into this horrible condition.  Aurora is a beautiful city with potential to become an even better place to work, live, and play.

So, I created the “Great Aurora Neighbor Helping Neighbor Clean-Up Initiative”.  It was a 10-step process to clean up the city.  It was presented to the city in June 2014.  As a result, in the fiscal year 2015 budget the city council approved a $60,000 Neighborhood Beautification Grant Program.  The Neighborhood Services Department asked each ward throughout the city to come up with “write-up” applications for individuals, HOAs, or community organizations to request dollars for projects to improve their wards in reference to area beautification (cleanup).

I presented two grant requests for Ward 1.  One was for residential, and the other was for businesses.  The Block Meister Program is for the residents.  This program has a recruitment of volunteers, 1 for each street in which they live.  Each volunteer signs for equipment and supplies and is assigned a 3 block area of the designated street.  They are given written information such as:  Access Aurora phone numbers; Landscape Maintenance Codes; Zoning Codes; “Barking Dogs” from the animal care division; and City Sign Codes.

If you would like to volunteer as a Block Meister, please contact William Gondrez at william.gondrez@gmail.com or call 303-343-0367.

Read the Denver Post article here,

AURORA, CO - JULY 8: Ron Earthman picks up garbage in the street and yards along Macon Street in Aurora, Colorado on July 8, 2015. Aurora resident Bill Gondrez created a cadre of volunteers to clean up alleys in Original Aurora. It is an ongoing effort, but the city supplied them with the tools and a grant. The project is titled, ÒBlock Meisters, Ongoing Targeted Block and Alley Clean Up Project in Original Aurora." (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

AURORA, CO – JULY 8: Ron Earthman picks up garbage in the street and yards along Macon Street in Aurora, Colorado on July 8, 2015. Aurora resident Bill Gondrez created a cadre of volunteers to clean up alleys in Original Aurora. It is an ongoing effort, but the city supplied them with the tools and a grant. The project is titled, Block Meisters, Ongoing Targeted Block and Alley Clean Up Project in Original Aurora.” (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

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