Brazos Trails April 19, 2012
Keep Waco Beautiful saved us
Here’s my picture after I cut my finger picking up a broken glass and some
the Baylor students who helped me.
We reported about the city of Waco jumping on me because some hoodlums
dumped some discards on my lot. What started it was our decision to have a
bigger trash, trying to be a good customer. Apparently the bad guys
thought it was a new dumping station. They dropped mattresses, an old bed,
rugs and other stuff. We decided for $75 a month we didn’t need a big trash
container plus the hassle that goes with it. So the city pulled it, but
didn’t give us time to put these discards IN the trash can.
We got a threatening letter from the city about the liter.
To make a long story short Sherri Street, with Keep Waco Beautiful, was able
to persuade the city to hold off till Stepping out day. They did and we did.
The city brought a dumpster out and it wasn’t long before we cleared the
debris and neighbors brought their discards. With the help of 15 Baylor
students participating in the twice a year Steppin’ Out program, we had it
all cleaned up by 3 p m. Even had some limbs cut and put in the rolloff.
Wiley Stem has been moved over to solid waste and he was concerned about our
problem. The city council had a big
discussion about what to do about littering and why some residents are not
using the four different types of containers for what they are designed for.
For Saturday, we can say residents and the Baylor students saved the city at
least 10 trips to dump by city trucks.
Our thanks to our Baylor group Global Community, Living & Learning Center,
Evan Chori. Coordinator for the Baylor project was Craig Abee who came out
early to see about our projects.
Sherri says she had 180 volunteers at the Lake Waco cleanup Saturday. Thanks
Sherri and Baylor Steppin’ Out.
The vacant lot connected with the 25th street theatre
has long been a problem. At night apparently neighbors picked that spot to
celebrate and throw their trash and bottles on the ground with no thought of
who was going to clean up after them. And that’s with no business open
around there. So now a 6 foot fence has been put up on the lot. Let’s see if
that stops the littering and partying.
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