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Second chance for success

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Steve Lamb
The City of Brazil is taking the adage of "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again," to heart.

After canceling the Ward 3 clean-up day, initially set for July 18, due to a lack of interest, the city will try again this Saturday.

"We learned that we have to give more notice for something like this because if you let people know only a couple days before, they probably already have their weekend planned," Common Council of the City of Brazil (Ward 3) member Steve Lamb told The Brazil Times. "Right now we have about 20 people who have volunteered to help."

Lamb and City Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens said along with individuals, the House of Hope and other charitable organizations have also expressed interest.

The event will begin at 8 a.m., with interested individuals and groups to meet in the parking lot behind NAPA Auto Parts, 425 W. National Ave., to pick up trash bags and gloves.

"We will be coordinating the volunteers to clean up various sections of the ward," Gibbens said. "That way, things will be organized, and with everyone working together we should be able to finish before noon, which will allow the volunteers to stay out of the heat as much as possible."

Those who have a financial or physical hardship and are unable to do yard work may call to request for their yard to be mowed or cleaned.

"We have a couple of people who are willing to donate mowers if the need should present itself," Gibbens said. "However, we cannot go on someone's property without their permission first, and we will not be mowing yards on properties that have received notices they are in violation of city ordinances regarding trash and grass."

Lamb added even those who are not planning to volunteer on Saturday can do their part.

"I encourage everyone to participate," he said. "Residents may even rake their yards or alleyways, and as long as it is down by the curb where they usually set their trash out, we will pick it up."

Lamb said he and a couple of other volunteers will be driving trucks up and down the streets to pick up trash and heavier items -- excluding "white goods" such as refrigerators -- during the clean-up day.

Gibbens added there will be water provided for volunteers, Wallace Bros, Inc. will set out two large dumpsters and the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District is providing trash bags and gloves for the event.

"We still plan to have other clean-up days in Wards 1 and 4 in the next couple months," she said.

"Even though this is the first year the city is doing this, I am hoping it becomes an ongoing thing which will keep residents motivated to clean up the city," Lamb added.

The boundaries of Ward 3 are Sherman Street on the north side of United States 40 and Forest Avenue on the south side, each expanding west to the corporate limits of the city.

To sign up as a volunteer for this or future clean-up days, along with requesting assistance with a specific yard, contact Stacy Gibbens at 446-0050 or stacyg@brazil.in.gov.

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why cant they go in yards without permission? but they can go on your property to tag cars not running. it looks like they would want to mow the yards that have received notices , not the ones that dont look too bad.

-- Posted by nobob on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 9:33 PM

CHAIN GANG is what they need. get the inmates off their a** and put them to work .

-- Posted by Sand mann on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 7:41 AM

Law enforcement officers can come on your property to enforce the law. While I disagree with the statute's wording concerning the tagging of vehicles thought to be inoperative by people other than the owner, how the statute is enforced unevenly, and even with my understanding of its intended purpose, that's what an officer is doing when he tags a vehicle. A law enforcement officer, in uniform, is easily identified as such and their identity is easily confirmed.

Other city officials, city employees, and especially people who are volunteering their time to this effort are not so easily recognizable. I wouldn't want a bunch of people on my property unless I was sure of their intent and who they are.

Second, without the owner's permission and direction, I'm not about to go onto anyone's property and remove anything. While I might sincerely believe that something is "junk" or trash, the owner may well have a purpose for retaining the item. I, myself, have some things that I seldom use but keep that others may think are not needed. I wouldn't want anyone to remove something that I value because they assumed it had no value.

Third, there is always the consideration of insurance liability. While I might disregard the fact that I might get hurt on your property while doing something for you, you as a property owner cannot assume that everyone will do the same. The city cannot assume that either if someone steps on something like a board with nails in it. Therefore, it is in everyone's best interest if the people who are participating in this clean-up have the consent and permission before going onto someone's property.

I got involved with this project to help people. All of the residents of the city are my neighbors, even if I know only a small fraction of them. I'm not really interested in providing free labor if they do not want my help and I really don't want any repercussions if I do something that I think they would want but didn't....LOL!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 9:20 AM

Most of the people they do the work for are very abled and capable themselves. They should put a crack pipe on the end of a shovel and watch them fight to get to it.

-- Posted by houseofhate on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 3:36 PM


I agree! Get them from out of in front of a tv and off their butts. Let them go around & clean up the city. If they can be out running the streets doing whatever it was that got them in there, then let them walk the streets while cleaning!

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 4:31 PM

I agree with victoryo4. Maybe if they had to do something they might not want to be there. They are given a lot of things that people who pay to house them dont have. Bring back the chain gangs

-- Posted by confused33 on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 1:28 PM

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