We have been hearing a lot lately, at least more than usual, about the amount of litter in the city and the ongoing problem with speeding drivers.
Both issues are difficult to solve and have also vexed many other communities.
But there are strategies out there.
The last time city officials even came close to addressing the litter issue was when Councilmember Ian Perrotta attempted to start a discussion. He was promptly chastised for being insensitive to our ethnic communities and households where English is not the first language spoken.
Members of the council also attempted to censure him but ultimately abandoned the idea.
Perrotta was simply trying to create a process where the issue could be tackled and an education campaign could be organized. After he was called out for some of the things he said the discussion promptly died.
The city’s battle with litter and proper sanitation disposal comes in fits and starts, with no consistency. We all complain about it and then basically do nothing about combating the problem.
In the meantime, Hamtramck looks filthy and must give a horrible impression to visitors.
As for speeding, many communities are looking at creative ways to slow down traffic. In Hamtramck, we continue to complain and do nothing.
These are topics the city council could take a serious stab at solving. It would likely require the help of our public school district to begin an education program from an early age and continue it as students progress.
The city and schools have joined in a partnership to seek a major grant to renovate Hamtramck Stadium and Veterans Park. We encourage city and school officials to expand that relationship.
If we do nothing about these issues, or worse spank those who attempt to, then we lose the right to complain.