Hydrant repaint effort seeks volunteers

Local volunteers are gearing up for a Saturday effort to repaint fire hydrants in town but need volunteers. (Photo submitted by the Ontario Hydrant Project).

ONTARIO – A group of residents is gearing up for round two of a beautification project and help is needed.

The Ontario Hydrant Re-Paint effort will kick off Saturday at 8 a.m. said event organizer Freddy Rodriguez. Rodriguez, an Ontario city councilor,  and Mara Kirby Garcia of Kinney Bros & Keele True Value Hardware in Ontario will meet with volunteers at Lions Park, break up into groups and then tackle the repainting job.

The Saturday project is the second time the local group set out to refurbish fire hydrants in town. The first effort was in early August, said Rodriguez, and proved to be a success.

“Hopefully we will cover about 50 hydrants. We are pushing to make it an ongoing event,” said Rodriguez.

During the August effort, volunteers painted 50 of the 700 hydrants in town but were stopped short by a lightning storm.

The group, though, needs more volunteers to help with the project designed to spruce up the town. Rodriguez said all volunteers need to do is show up, the group will provide all of the necessary equipment.

Anyone interested in helping can contact Rodriguez at 541-709-9117 or Garcia at 208-739-6480.

“We are looking, I am guessing, for anywhere from 10 to 15 people,” said Rodriguez.

The event, he said, ends at 2 p.m.

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