Tornado ravaged communities get PALS help

April 27 will mark two years since several Jefferson county communities were devastated by a tornado. This April 27, the county will assist those four unincorporated communities with the 2013 PALS Spring Cleanup. PALS is short for People Against a Littered State.

The communities are:{} Concord, Edgewater, McDonald Chapel and North Smithfield/Greenleaf Heights. The cleanup targets household trash, litter and debris in yards, common areas and along roadways. County manager Tony Petelos said, "we are{}pleased to provide assistance for them to continue moving forward in the recovery process."

Jefferson county's Roads and Transportation Department will pick up, transport and properly dispose of bagged trash, litter and debris collected in these unincorporated areas. The Sheriff's office will provide deputies to assist with traffic control for volunteer safety along roadways.

{}PALS will provide trash bags for all participating communities.

The Keep Birmingham Beautiful Commission (KBBC) will assist the Birmingham neighborhoods of Killough Springs, Oak Ridge Park, Belview Heights, and Oakwood Place with their participation in the PALS Spring Cleanup. In addition, the Cities of Fairfield and Brighton, and the Town of West Jefferson, will coordinate resident participation in the PALS Spring Cleanup within their jurisdictions.