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    Odessa Code Enforcement Education Administrator Darlene Mays looks over some of the items that will be given away during the City of Odessa Code Enforcement Take Pride in your Neighborhood Back to School Block Party that will be held in the Bethlehem Baptist Church parking lot this Saturday from 9am to noon.

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 5:23 pm

For the third time in seven months, Code Enforcement will host a block party to continue the discussion about illegal dumping in the city of Odessa.

Darlene Mays, code enforcement supervisor, said the community involvement has increased from 300 to 700 between the first and second block parties.

On Saturday, Mays expects the number of community members to increase again as Code Enforcement is set to hand out 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to kindergarteners through fifth-graders. Middle school students can receive notepads, pens and pencils.

“We know this one is probably going to be larger than any one that we’ve had,” Mays said. “We know it’s going to increase more so because families are going to be bringing their children out.”

The free block party will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Bethlehem Baptist Church Parking Lot located at 1000 W. Clements St.

It features outdoors activities, jumpers, games, music and food. The event is open to people throughout the city.

“The block party is to say thank you and we appreciate people participating in making their neighborhood a cleaner and safer environment,” Mays said. “We are building partnerships and communication with the neighborhoods and the neighbors.”

In addition to the school supplies, Code Enforcement will also be giving away bicycles.

Mays said she didn’t have a firm number of how many bicycles Code Enforcement would be giving away, but she said there are several that had been donated as of Tuesday morning.

“If we get 10 (bicycles), we got 10 to give away,” Mays said. “If we just get the five that I have now, we have five to give away. I don’t want to put a number on that because I don’t know how many are going to come through.”

Code Enforcement is going to have informational booths and presentations about illegal dumping.

Mays said across the street from the Bethlehem Baptist Church Parking Lot there will be a bulk item drop off at Ector Middle School.

“We will have a collection site for people bringing in large items,” Mays said. “The only things that they can’t bring in are tires and household hazardous waste.”

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