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Mayor’s Call to Service Frequently Asked Questions FAQ’s

What is the Mayor’s “Call to Service” Program?

The “Call to Service” Initiative is a partnership between the community and the Mayor of Albany to make our community a cleaner, safer and more beautiful place to live, work and play.  Through this on-going initiative, citizens pledge their time, talent and energy to benefit the community.  Examples of activities: anti-litter campaigns, reporting criminal activity, reporting unsafe city conditions, and community concerns. Other activities include beautification programs such as Adopt-A-Spot by planting trees, shrubs and flowers on a small publicly owned area and Adopt-A-Park or adopt your block by keeping it litter free.  If you need a project idea…   Call 311.

Who can be involved?

All concerned citizen are encouraged to participate.


What are the requirements of participation?

Register your group (by calling 311 or returning a completed Mayor’s Call to Service contract) and adopt a public area within the city limits.

What are some of the common community issues that should be reported to 311?

Abandoned/junk vehicles, dilapidated houses/structures, graffiti, illegal dumping sites, street light issues, street sign issues, and potholes

Will the city pick up collected litter from my project?

Yes.  If you have a small litter event, please place the bagged litter in your 90 gallon trash barrel and it will be picked up on your normally scheduled trash pick-up day. 

Yes.  The City will also schedule a pick-up for large litter events.  Please refer to Guidelines for Litter Removal web page for specific details.

What types of material can be picked up by City personnel?

            Bagged litter

What types of items are not included in this project?

Large items such as furniture, appliances, tires, mattresses, electronics, etc.