With mud season holding sway, afternoon rush hour traffic on Lincoln Avenue was moderate on Monday. This summer, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs will work with Horizons Specialized Services to keep Lincoln Avenue free of trash and sparkling.

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With mud season holding sway, afternoon rush hour traffic on Lincoln Avenue was moderate on Monday. This summer, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs will work with Horizons Specialized Services to keep Lincoln Avenue free of trash and sparkling.

Horizons clients to sweep up and down town this summer

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— Some extra hands are going to help keep Steamboat Springs' streets clean this summer.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs has planned a project with Horizons Specialized Services, which provides services to people who have developmental disabilities. Six Horizons clients are going to spend three hours a week sweeping up trash on and around Lincoln Avenue, said Kelly Landers, co-owner of Creekside Cafe and Grill.

Landers "organized this whole thing," Mainstreet Manager Tracy Barnett said. Landers said the idea came from developer Jim Cook, and she ran with it.

Ten downtown businesses each agreed to pay $226 to sponsor the workers, who will don yellow shirts and sweep the street from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The program will run from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Landers said.

"If it's a big success this year, maybe we could do it every day and find 40 businesses to sponsor it instead of 10," she said.

Landers summed up the cost of the service for the entire summer and divided it by 10, which brought her to the $226 figure. She said she had no trouble attracting businesses willing to be sponsors.

The money will go directly to the Horizons workers.

"They're going to be doing it just for their spending money, so hopefully all the money they make will go right back into the community," Landers said. She said the Horizons workers probably would clean from about Third Street to 11th Street.

Landers said she employed Horizons clients at Creekside about eight years ago, until the restaurant stopped serving dinner.

"We're really excited about it," she said of the new project.

In other Mainstreet Steamboat Springs news:

- The group is planning a Christmas celebration for the first weekend in December. The community-wide event will include a Santa Claus house, caroling and possibly restaurant specials. Barnett said the group hopes to close the streets for the event. Anyone who has ideas or who wants to attend the next planning meeting at noon May 12 can contact Barnett at mainstreet@springsips.com.

- The Farmers Market starts June 14 and will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays on Sixth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street. The group still is accepting applications from potential vendors.

- The group is planning to change the First Friday Art Walk into a larger First Friday event, Barnett said. Mainstreet will encourage businesses to offer specials. Starting in June, the group plans to have an informational booth at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue where it will pass out maps of galleries. If businesses and restaurants submit their special offers, the maps also will include those, Barnett said.

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