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As Mike Episcopo makes his way up Governor Printz Boulevard for a weekday softball game in Newport, he is regularly disappointed by the trash along both sides of the road. The 69-year-old retiree makes the trip about four or five times a week, either north to Newport or south to connect to Interstate 495 to reach Newark. He regularly sees mounds of trash bags, broken bottles, fast food wrappers and construction debris. Last week he even saw a sofa perched on the median. "It’s just a dumping ground," Episcopo said. Littering and illegal dumping are a growing problem along Delaware's main roads, state officials say. Law enforcement is undermanned in its battle against the trash filling up the shoulder of Delaware roads. "We do have some problems out there," said Pat Emory, director of the Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Office of Community Services. "On our highways it’s pretty evident what is going on." Most efforts to curtail littering and illegal dumping, which occurs when someone offloads large items like full trash bags or tires on public or private property, are usurped by a lack of staffing and the inherent difficulty of spotting the crime. Any law enforcement official in the state has the ability to enforce littering and dumping laws. The state takes what C.R. McLeod, the Delaware Department of Transportation director of community relations, describes as a multiagency approach to litter policing. But the reality is those officers are already overworked and have more pressing issues dealing with public safety to focus on. There is also how these violations are committed. Most times, it is merely people who quickly toss something out a car win... (spite fines for littering, illegal dumping, trash piles up in some parts of Delaware)
October and start up by December. The section of the Oklahoma City Boulevard between E.K. Gaylord and Walker hopefully will be done by late summer and will be a big help with traffic. Q: Does the city manager oversee the parks department? Just asking because a lot of them need new trees, better and more frequent upkeep, and a little refreshing. We also have lots of beautiful wide medians in this city that, more often than not, look very bad, bare and uninviting. Jim Couch: Yes, the parks department is under me. Maintaining parks and medians is a challenge. We have been successful in other areas in partnering with OKC Beautiful and organizations to maintain areas connected to these areas. We have medians adopted by businesses. We had some challenges this spring with some of our third-party contractors. We know we are behind and we are trying to catch up. Steve Lackmeyer: Is there an opportunity for areas like Quail Springs and Northwest Highway and Meridian Avenue to create a business improvement district like the one downtown to go the extra mile in improving their areas' appearance? Jim Couch: It could be. We've been working with property owners around Meridian to explore options out there. We've been working with the South OKC Chamber to improve the area around I-240. And the best example is the Western Avenue district that is already doing this and more. We have a 621-square-mile city. We have limited resources to maintain it all. The best maintained areas are where businesses and neighborhoods take interest and supplement our efforts. Q: Bill (Crum) had a story in the paper about the OKC Boathouse Foundation being reimbursed about $760,000 for expenses incurred at the whitewater rafting course. When MAPS 3 was passed 2009, there was a lot of speculation about how operating costs were going to be covered for multiple projects, including the streetcar, park, convention center and the rapids course. Is this a cause for concern? Jim Couch: Not much has changed from 2009. We anticipated the only two projects that will impact the general fund will be the streetcar and the park. By partnering with the Myriad Gardens Foundation, we've minimized the impact the Scissortail Park will have on our operating budget. The streetcar is about where we thought it will be. It was $3 million-plus when we first looked at it, and now it is $3.9 million. (C Central Chat: Oklahoma City manager addresses city's trash and treasure)
He said it was less than two years old, but it might be out of warranty based on the number (T92). I saw a trash truck speeding down Burgener Boulevard but wasn't able to catch up to it. I followed one that turned onto July Street. From afar, it appeared rough and tumble as the cans were lifted and set down with the automated arm, though no cans were damaged or left out of place in the twenty to thirty minutes I observed. Once I got close enough to take photos, the trash collector appeared to lift and lower the cans more gently. After pickup, some streets had cans in neat rows while others were a bit more haphazard, but nothing egregious. Back on Burgener, I saw a greenery trash truck with a worker dumping cans by hand. After having three city trash cans broken in seven years, Thomas Freese of Bay Park picked up a Toter-brand can at a local home improvement store. "I haven't had this one long yet [a few months] but it appears to be better quality." Freese made his choice after noticing neighbors with Toter cans didn't have the same issues as those with city-issued cans. "Many have been taped, bolted with metal and screws, riveted, glued; you name it, I've seen it." A couple Bay Park residents complained that after purchasing a Home Depot trash can, trash collectors refused to pick up their trash. A local Home Depot clerk told me the city-approved can is a Toter 48-gallon for $159.07. Per the city, approved cans are made by Rehrig Pacific or Toter, 64/65 or 96-gallon, and look like the standard black wheeled trash carts used by the city for automated trash collection. Home Depot had the Toter 64- and 96-gallon cans online ($84 — $194)... (ould San Diego's trash collecting stay free?)
NorthSmith-Wills Stadium, 1200 block of Lakeland Drive, east of softball fieldCentralGravel lot just east of 2550 Medgar Evers Boulevard, old Pepsi building west of Jackson Medical MallWestRaines Park, 5260 Clinton Boulevard & Flag Chapel Road, located in the parking lotSouthTennis South Center, 1517 McDowell Road, located in the parking lotResidents may bring household furniture, small appliances, and accessories for disposal. However, tires, chemicals, and gas tanks are not accepted in Roll off Dumpster program. Participants are required to place debris inside dumpster provided at the locations. City business and residents living outside the city limits of the City of Jackson are not eligible to participate. Proof of residency may be required. (WJTV)
Beach High School students and various other environmental organizations took part in the International Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 16 on Riverside Boulevard in Long Beach. The beach cleanup initiative was coordinated by the City of Long Beach, Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center and art teacher Laura Swan's "Stewards of the Sea," assisted by Long Beach High School student Harry Murphy. It brought members of the community together to make an environmental study of the debris found on our shoreline. Litter in various forms was removed and registered carefully to help preserve the beach's natural beauty and cleanliness.The middle school art students were requested by Cousteau to take the efforts a step further and make a "trash sculpture" from the debris that was collected. Thanks to the efforts of the beach maintenance crew, they assembled sanitized pieces of trash to form the image of a "sea person" that illustrates nature's magnificence while spreading awareness about protection of the waters. They appropriately titled the piece, "Salvaged Riva," as Riva means "from the shore" in French.Materials such as bottle caps, beach toys, plastic lids, balloons and more were thoroughly washed and separated into categories. The students used these, as well as natural elements like shells and driftwood, to create their design over a paper mache foundation. Even the backdrop, a painting featuring colors of the ocean, was a di...