Cleanup of the grounds behind the Public Works building are underway. One major task involved clearing a large pile of bricks which had been stored on wooden pallets, but eventually deteriorated due to exposure to precipitation, sunlight, etc. In the fall of 2011, a local minority contractor, Hayes Landscape Service, stacked 85,600 of the bricks in the pile onto heavy-duty weatherproof pallets. In October 2012, staff negotiated a sale of the remaining 60,500 bricks with the owners of a garden center in West Virginia. City staff loaded the bricks into (13) semi-trailers contracted by the buyers. The last pickup occurred in mid-December. The pile of bricks is no longer an eyesore and the space where the bricks were located can be used for equipment storage. Additionally, the bricks are organized in a way that makes it easier for contractors to load them for annual brick street and sidewalk rehabilitation projects.