Cracking down on garbage.
It’s a theme in this week’s issue. In recent months we have heard from plenty of folks who are fed up with seeing garbage in their alleys and streets every day of the week.
And they are particularly fed up with the city’s response in dealing with this blight.
On the one hand, we know the city is stretched thin when it comes to code enforcement. But there are many instances of repeat offenders who seem to have no qualms about snubbing our health codes.
The city, though, says there is only so much it can do besides ticketing people and fining them in court.
Maybe part of the solution for this, besides a heavy-hand in enforcement, is an education program involving the schools and centers of faith. There are some households that are ignorant of why litter is a menace. Besides being unsightly, loose garbage attracts rats.
There is also the matter of people just dumping in the city and then driving off. Should homeowners be held accountable for that?
Well, yes, because this is the price of living in an urban area. But the city could help out, too, by sending workers to a site to give a helping hand.
No matter what, the city cannot back off in code and blight enforcement. The problem in town seems to be getting worse, not better.