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Have Some Respect for Your Home Town

By Staff | Jun 9, 2020

Picture of open trash dump.

Spring, Summer and Fall tend to be the most beautiful times of the year. As we go out riding through the countryside or taking a stroll through our communities, nothin is more disturbing than litter, unkept properties and areas that have been negleted or abandoned. Each municipality has ordinances that should be enforced to the letter for those who leave furniture, trash, junk cars, and other garbage laying around in their yards for all to see.

It seems to be a trend that gets more and more out of hand each year as it often carries over and more is added to it. Some action has been taken lately by the city of New Martinsville to eradicate dilapidated buildings and move towards a committment to clean up some of the blighted areas.

Nothing looks worse than riding down Rt 2. through our little towns and seeing cars parked up on the sidewalks and mudholes where the grass should be growing. Communities need to come down hard on offenders to get these problem spots taken care of.

Changing a common behavior, like littering, starts with you. Each person must accept responsibility for their actions and influence the actions of others around them at home, at school, in your place of business, and in the community at large. Choose not to litter and choose to clean up your property of junk. Make the commitment now to join with thousands of other Americans to not be a litter-bug, carry a litter bag.

Do your part to keep your community and America Beautiful. Set an example for others, especially family, co-workers, friends, and children by using trash and/or recycling receptacles and not littering. Always have available a litter bag in your car. If you see litter, pick it up.

Carry and use a car litterbag. When these are full, empty them into a trash and or recycling receptacle.Use a car ashtray or portable ashtray to dispose of cigarette butts. Do not throw any litter out of vehicle windows.

Pick up after your dog as you walk through your neighborhood. Use newspaper delivery bags, “scoopers”, or other easy-to-use methods to clean up after your pet.Take responsibility for your pet and his or her actions. Putting trash out on the sidewalks two to three days before pickup day should not happen., it just makes the whole neighborhood look bad. Also it encourages the large flock of cats running loose to get into it.

Make sure your trash cans have lids that can be securely fastened or use bungee cords to hold them in place. Secure all bags and loose trash for curbside trash collection.

Community leaders should lead by example, and encourage building owners and business managers to keep their properties mowed, weed eated and clean of debris. Educate citizens about individual responsibility. And by all means keep your own house in order.

Recent effort to clean the highways between communities resulted in large amounts of debris being collected. Efforts to continue have come to a halt due to the corona virus. It won’t belong until the progress made will be undone. Already much more litter has been thrown along the roadways.

If everyone would do their part they could be part of the solution instead of the problem. However it’s up to local officials to force the issue and see that it gets done. After all that’s why we put them in office. We’re not talking about high grass that might not have been mowed because of wet weather. We’re talking about people who use their property to store junk and garbage, or eople who only mow maybe two or three times a year. Old cars and abandoned vehicles, and other items littering the yards draw rodents and breed other unhealty problems.

If you are an offender you need to clean up your property. The city officials know who you are. It’s time to take action and make the communities a place to be proud of once again.

Paden City has plans in the works to start taking legal action against offenders and repeat offenders, they are warranted in their action and should be commended. Junk setting for long periods of time can also be a source of contamination to the drinking water.

West Virginia and it’s communities are beautiful places, it’s sad that a few people can destroy much of the beauty. editor@wetzelchronicle.com