BLANKET Word is getting around this week in Blanket: the city is having its largest community-wide cleanup in recent memory from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

"Our phones have been ringing off the walls this week from people wanting to participate," City Secretary Rose Wigham said.

The city has rented roll-off containers from Progressive Waste, and five of the containers will be placed near the entrance to down in the area of U.S. Highway 67/377 and FM 1467. Another container will be placed in an area that's been used as an "unofficial dump site people have used" Main and Avenue I, Wigham said.

Residents are invited to bring items including carpet, bedding, appliances, scrap metal, brush and limbs, and tires from cars and small pickups.

It's been a few years since Blanket has had a community-wide cleanup, and there has never been one as large and as organized as Saturday's that Wigham is aware of.

"We're getting excited about it," Wigham said. "A lot of people are starting to clean up their yards. The mayor and city council feel like if we're asking them to clean up, we're giving them a means to do it."

City Hall has sent out notices of the cleanup in utility bills, and has also sent out about 65 letters to residents whose property is in need of cleanup, hoping those residents will participate ahead of being given official citations, Wigham said.

Help will be available for elderly residents who can't get their items to the drop-off sites, Wigham said.

Kevin Pate, development services director for the City of Brownwood, is assisting in cleaning up unsafe structures.

"I think something like this is contagious 'let's get the place cleaned up' it makes you feel better," Wigham said.