Residents Lisa Di Pasquale and Josie Lopez told the city staff about trash, abandoned shopping carts, graffiti, derelict homes and other issues they say people who live in Southside deal with every day.
“What we’d like for our neighborhood is to be put on the radar,” Di Pasquale said. “Our area just seems to be a magnet (for code violations) and I would appreciate if we could be on a regular visit (schedule) rather than us having to call all the time.”
Di Pasquale and Lopez, along with seven other residents, went before the city council Jan. 21 to ask the city for help. (Previous story)
Lopez, who has lived in her South Street home since 1940, said in an interview Jan. 24 that she just wants help from the city to keep her neighborhood clean.
“Every year I call the city about certain things and I never get anybody on the phone,” Lopez said. “I leave a message and once in a great while they will get back to me but most of the time they don’t.”
The day before the Friday meeting, City Manager Leon Churchill met with Di Pasquale and walked through Southside to discuss city policy issues related to the needs of residents there.
The city council is due to discuss whether to put those policy issues on a future agenda during their regular meeting Tuesday.
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