The old adage, well maybe not that old of an adage but anyway, is “If you haven’t used it in six months, then you don’t need it”. People who follow this philosophy give the item away, sell it or dispose of it. That’s just wrong. One of my daughters made the comment, “You and mom build buildings to store your stuff in. Stuff you don’t even use”. Well, we may be a bit ‘o hoarders, but hey, we got stuff!

The old adage, well maybe not that old of an adage but anyway, is “If you haven’t used it in six months, then you don’t need it”.  People who follow this philosophy give the item away, sell it or dispose of it. That’s just wrong. One of my daughters made the comment, “You and mom build buildings to store your stuff in.  Stuff you don’t even use”. Well, we may be a bit ‘o hoarders, but hey, we got stuff!
Last weekend the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 30th Annual City Wide Garage Sale.  Despite a weather pattern that had to be a gut wrenching nightmare for the organizers, Lauri, Ashley and Travis, the show went on.  I can relate to their dilemma since this is the emotional trauma that I experience with every outside event that we host and manage.  When an event goes off smooth, I know I have just beaten the odds and it’s going to catch up with me at some point.
We live in Missouri, you know, and if you don’t like the weather right now, just wait a few minutes and it will change.  That change is not always for the better. So anyway, back to our story. The city wide garage sale came and went. Fortunately some of the sales started as early as Thursday providing a couple of very nice days prior to the snow and cold that was in store for Saturday.  In conflict with all the comments and statements I had made, I sucked it up and served as a driver for the “good wife” on Saturday.
So, no matter who I told in the preceding week that I was definitely not going to be in Neosho on Saturday, well I was wrong. I was here and didn’t even complain.
As always, even without Mother Nature’s assistance, there are going to be some items left over.  Some of these are kept until the next time, others, well it’s just time to let go. We have a solution for that.  Each year following the city wide garage sale the City of Neosho has a City Wide Clean-up. There is a good reason for the clandestine timing of this follow-up event.  If we can’t get someone to haul it out of town one way, there is someone that will haul it for you another way! This is only pertinent to households that are residents within the city limits of Neosho proper.  
There is a good reason for that and one that we are willing to share. The entire city wide clean-up is a negotiated portion of the contract that the City of Neosho has with the residential trash pickup service.  In this case WCA. Each month citizens
of Neosho that receive a water bill are also billed for trash pickup. Water, wastewater and trash are all collected on the same bill. When the City of Neosho contracts for the residential trash pickup, a portion of the contract states that once annually a city wide clean-up will occur.  The service provider in conjunction with some city personnel will make this available for the citizens of Neosho. Businesses within Neosho and those households on the outskirts of Neosho do not pay for this service since neither have use of the residential trash service. So, while you may feel slighted, understand that is provided to the residents who pay for the entire package.  If you are a resident of Neosho and pay for this service we encourage you to use it, it’s yours. This city wide clean-up began on Thursday, April 12th.  But don’t despair it continues through Saturday, April 14.


Paul Richardson is the director of public relations and events for the city of Neosho.