Monroe City participated in the National Make a Difference Day on October 28, by offering services to the citizens of the town. The purpose was to provide a way for people who needed help in cleaning up their property. The project was hosted by the Catholic Youth Group, under the direction of Darin Underhill and assisted by the National Honor Society.
Underhill stated, “This event has been going on for approximately 15 years with the Catholic Youth Group.” He explained the names are mostly given to the youth group from the Monroe City Nutrition Center, where Doris Mehrer and Diane Hendrix take requests for senior citizens in need.
This year the City teamed up with the youth group in an effort to offer help those with nuisance citations. The goal was to help people of the community decrease the nuisances and take advantage of the opportunity to make their property look better, free of charge.
Mayor Neal Minor offered any City employee who wanted to take part in the project be granted a different day off through the week for their services.
Alderman Connie Painter commented, “I am really saddened by the lack of participation by the citizens and from City employees as well. This was available to help them and provided a way for the owners to keep from being fined.”