Berkeley Lake Earth Day scheduled for Saturday

BERKELEY LAKE - The annual Earth Day event, scheduled in the city of Berkeley Lake for Saturday, gives city leaders and residents alike the opportunity to clean their houses and help clean up the environment at the same time. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents can dispose of most unwanted household items without the potential harm that those items could cause to soil, air and water.

Large trash collection trucks will be parked at City Hall to haul off large household items and yard waste, with the exception of wet paint, construction materials and trees. Old computers, software, cell phones, printers and similar items can also be disposed of courtesy of ReBoot, a nonprofit organization that recycles computers for people with disabilities.

Shinall Recycling will be on hand Saturday to collect scrap metal, appliances, lawn mowers, grills and car batteries.

The first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970. Since then, the event has become an international environmental recognition opportunity in which grassroots groups work to lessen the impact of humans on the planet.

City Hall schedule

may be delayed

Barbara Carroll, the chairman of the architectural design committee overseeing the construction phases of the new city hall building, announced Thursday that groundbreaking day may be delayed by a week or so.

The original early December groundbreaking date may change as a result of a review of the landscaping/hardscaping costs, though a delay is not certain. "As soon as we know what the new dates are, we will let the city council know," Carroll said.

Two special called council meetings concerning the project have been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 6 at city hall.