Photo Credit: 
JJ Francais

ELGIN — For the past few months scores of volunteers have donated their time and energy toward cleaning up Elgin.

Since June the City of Elgin has invited volunteers to help pick up litter, cut down and clean up overgrown trees and brush — a nuisance Mayor JJ Francais said could prevent flooding in certain areas.

Taking to social media to show the town’s progress has garnered the support of many local residents, soldiers from Fort Sill along with Elgin High School swim team. State Senator John Michael Montgomery was even hands-on in the most recent project.

Francais said he sees more citizens taking pride in their neighborhoods. Although there is a lot of work to be done, he projects the majority of the cleanup should be done by 2023.

“We have approximately seven sites full of dead or deformed trees,” said Francais. “Those trees are blocking drainage. My hope is to remove all bad trees in the wrong places and plant the right trees and in the right places.”

The mayor estimates that approximately 20 volunteers showed up Saturday and worked from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’ve had a lot of great help with this project,” he said. “We’re truly grateful for all we’ve gotten accomplished.”