Residents living in Huntington Mills in Clayton raised concerns over unkempt and overgrown lots in the housing development to Clayton Town Council during a meeting in June.
THE ISSUE Residents living in Huntington Mills in Clayton raised concerns over unkempt and overgrown lots in the housing development to Clayton Town Council during a meeting in June. Just over 20 vacant lots in the development are overgrown with high grass and some are littered with trash. The residents fear it could be a safety issue for children playing during the summer months.
Since the owner of the lots is in bankruptcy, Clayton Council was asked to help the residents in the development tackle the issue.
WHAT’S HAPPENED The Clayton Town Council held a streets committee meeting in early July to discuss the issue.
Even though not as many residents came out for the meeting–not everyone in the neighborhood was aware of the meeting–the Council and those in attendance were able to decide on a plan of attack.
Council member Dave Letterman discussed the plan during the Clayton Town Council meeting on July 11.
Letterman said since the owner of the lots is in bankruptcy, that causes a problem as far as enforcing the regulations to cut the grass and maintain the lots.
The town helps with basic clean up such as snow removal; however, they do not help with the maintenance of the housing development.
“If you meet us halfway and help clean those lots, we will come in and cut those lots with our town equipment,” Letterman said.
There are some concerns about using the town equipment but the town is willing to help. They want the residents in the development to come out and help pick up the litter in the lots. The town has offered to put some trucks in the development while people are helping to pick up trash.
Members of the council, including Letterman, volunteered to help clean up.
WHAT’S NEXT Rep. Lincoln Willis, R-Dover West, has agreed to print flyers asking for assistance in cleaning up the development. He will give about 25 flyers to a Huntington Mills resident who will then pass them out to the residents. There also will be roughly 150 flyers in Town Hall. Willis also offered to provide trucks to assist with track pick up.
It’s the hope that the flyers will help start to organize a community effort where the residents in Huntington Mills and the town will work together to help clean up the lots.
“We will make some type of coordination once we get some phone calls from people,” Letterman said.
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