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Martin citizens ask for ‘clean up’

Martin citizens ask for ‘clean up’
A group of Martin residents were on hand Tuesday night to address the clean up of “unsightly” places within their community. Martin board members opened the lines of communication after their informal session to hear several residents cite grief for areas throughout the town that are experiencing “erosion” of quality. “You have places around the town where the front yard looks well, but the back yards of some of these homes don’t look so well. I hate to keep complaining about this, but it doesn’t look right. I was hoping there was some way to enforce this,” citizen Bob Peeler offered. “When I have visitors that come and see us from out of town, there are only a few areas inside the city that I will take them. We do not tour the entire town because it is embarrassing,” Aloha Prather stated. ‘We have a lot of absentee housing where the landlord doesn’t even live here … we have an eroding community. If we have codes, we should enforce them and if we don’t have codes, we need to put them in place,” Prather added. Martin Mayor Randy Brundige responded by saying the structure codes for housing in the city have little to do with outside appearance; the city’s codes focus on structures that are sound. “You can’t determine how sound a structure is by its outside appearance,” Brundige replied. “It has to do with self pride and it doesn’t look like we have much in this city,” Prather stated. A couple of board members agreed that city clean up of certain homes and businesses should be addressed. “It’s a sore eye all over the city and it’s getting worse,” Alderman Bill Harrison shared. The question brought out by board members as well as citizens is who is to take responsibility for the unsightly conditions. “Somebody is responsible for this. We need to find out what can be done and let’s do it,” Alderman Johnny Tuck offered. Prather suggested fining people and issuing citations for unkempt residences and businesses. “My response is form the other side of the spectrum. I see people who do not have the means who may want to make it better, but cannot afford to … I wonder if we shouldn’t have a good neighbor plan or fund under an organization to help people with these issues,” Alderman David Belote said. “You have to attack these one problem at a time. Some people are just ornery and they don’t want to budge. When you have a city with 10,000 residents and 7,000 students at a given time, it’s hard to fix and you’re going to have these issues,” Martin Police Chief David Moore expressed to the group of concerned citizens. Board members did address a garbage can issue that falls under a city ordinance. At the request of a concerned citizen, Brundige gathered the city codes book which states garbage cans only be housed on the street for 48 hours – 24 hours before trash pickup and 24 hours after pickup. “If you don’t enforce your city rules, you see what happens to your city,” Prather added. Board members offered to consider the clean up as an on-going project. Martin Beautiful Committee members as well as board members will review the city codes for homes and structures to determine how to address what is considered by some to be a recurring problem. WCP 10.09.08

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