I remember attending a BOC meeting where a resident complained about trash on her neighborhood streets. After inquiring as to how the county would fix the problem, a commissioner then asked what SHE was doing to keep her neighborhood clean.
I, along with that resident, were initially taken aback by this response. But in retrospect, that commissioner made a good point. We as residents must get more involved with keeping our neighborhoods clean because unfortunately, the county can’t do it all.
Local businesses need be held responsible as well. While Clayton has its fair share of unmaintained, vacant properties, there are existing businesses that neglect their property, and it shows. For example, neither Tara Boulevard or SH 85 present welcoming sights to see upon entry into this county for various reasons.
Another eyesore is the overgrown grass in the medians and graffiti on buildings throughout Clayton. These are issues that the Georgia State Department of Transportation can address, specifically District Engineer Bryant Poole who deals with Clayton’s thoroughfares (firstname.lastname@example.org; we are District 7). Perhaps if enough residents voice their opinion, we will begin to see improvements.
I recently spoke with some residents who expressed a desire to start a countywide initiative in spring 2010 to help beautify Clayton. The purpose is twofold: getting Clayton cleaned-up while generating some positive publicity for the county. Residents would be asked to help clean and maintain public areas that have been neglected, and hopefully businesses will participate as well.
Of course it will take more than a few hours work to keep our streets and neighborhoods clean and/or transform Clayton’s image, but it could be a start. Is this something you would be willing to participate in? Or how about installing gardens on vacant lots and medians similar to what DeKalb is considering?