The city of Sioux Falls is cleaning up its neighborhoods.
It's called Project N.I.C.E which stands for Neighborhood Improvement Complaint Easement.
The project comes each year after the health department gets thousands of calls and complaints about nuisance violations across the city.
This is an important part of what the city does: keeping neighborhoods clean and neighbors educated.
They select new parts of town each year, the project lasts about three to four years per neighborhood. The first year consists of a clean-up which kicks off this week.
The next two involve a series of announced and unannounced visits by code enforcement. The last year is a follow-up project to ensure everyone is cleaned up and educated.
We caught up with crews on the Sioux Falls west side near 32nd Street and Valley View. They were just getting started and moving very quickly through each street. We noticed a lot of homes had a lot of stuff in the front yard they wanted thrown out. Everything from furniture, boxes, tires and even an old toilet was part of the junk.
These clean-up crews are made up of more than 100 volunteers from all city departments.
Organizers say this is a great way to get into the community, interact with neighbors and clean up the city.
"It has been found that neighborhoods that are well-maintained have a lot more benefits, not just health-wise by reducing accidents, injury of children but also fire prevention and crime prevention," LuAnn Ford said.
"They appreciate us for coming out, and they thank us for coming out to make sure the neighborhoods stay clean. It's something they should be doing in every area," Phil Daggett said.
City officials call this project a huge success for 25 years because as the city grows, the number of nuisance violations and complaints have been steady.
For more information and a link to the city's web site, click on the link at the top left hand corner of this page.