Litter and speeding drivers: Two issues city officials can tackle

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.

5 Responses to Litter and speeding drivers: Two issues city officials can tackle

  1. Concerned

    September 28, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Many Arabs move from Hamtramck to Dearborn and many Bengalis move to Warren and these cities remain very clean.

    Don’t blame immigrants for the city’s administration shortcomings.

    Take into consideration that most overgrown lots and dilapidated properties are owned by non-immigrants.

  2. Gary Krantz

    September 30, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Henry Vellamen owns about 85 properties in the City of Hamtramck.

    The City Prosecutor had issued 13 violation notices and his counsel worked out a plea agreement whereby 11 of the 13 violation notices were dismissed. That agreement was approved by District Judge Alexis Krot.

    Has anyone checked on whether those properties are being adequately maintained?

  3. Resident

    October 2, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Did the city layoff Code Enforcement Officers over the last few years? If not, are they doing any work?

    Enforcing existing city ordinances (issue warning/ticket) will cleanup the city.

    Where do people speed? Aren’t there officers patrolling the street?

    The last time Ian spoke, he attacked the Immigrant Community. He shouldn’t have done that. He should have stayed focused on litters and weeds and unmaintained lawns.

  4. John Dory

    October 7, 2018 at 11:50 pm

  5. Resident

    October 8, 2018 at 12:43 pm


    Whenever I am on the local road, I see HPD all the time. I am happy seeing them out there, and as a tax (property/income) payer, I am grateful for their hard work.

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