To help keep their city clean, resident groups are turning to the carrot and the stick.

Twenty to 25 people spent an hour and half Wednesday night at the White House Center on Pearl Street discussing ways to combat littering. Many agreed that a savvy approach is to combine occasional volunteer cleanup days with education, telling residents what they can and cannot leave alongside streets and alleys for pickup as well as what fines they could face.

On Aug. 26, Floyd County Democrats will hold their second monthly cleanup day, filling Dumpsters with trash and garbage collected citywide. Forum moderator Ted Fulmore suggested residents join that venture rather than scheduling a separate event, which residents supported even as they were slightly wary of appearing biased: “Let’s depoliticize this thing,” Spring Street resident Helen Spudich piped up.

The East Spring Street Neighborhood Association and S. Ellen Jones Neighborhood Association will meet Aug. 31, sending people out into neighborhoods to distribute fliers of information about city codes and violations.

East Spring president Greg Roberts will write the language and have code enforcement officer Pam Badger and city operations director Tony Toran approve it, Fulmore said. Spudich’s husband, Tom, was frustrated at the prospect that too many cleanup days would let landlords of offending properties off the hook.

“They’re getting the money and we’re doing the work for them,” Tom Spudich lamented. “We have to start putting pressure on all sides to get the enforcement done.”

Badger agreed that a few landlords are the biggest culprits of trash and garbage dumping.

“It’s safe to say half the alleys are bad, or more,” she said.

Resident Lloyd Wimp reminded the group that money is a big obstacle in cleanup efforts, so grants from nonprofits should be a major goal, too.

Reinforcements may be coming. Floyd County Community Corrections plans to put crews on city cleanup duty every Friday, and a written advertisement posted in the City-County Building called for a part-time supervisor to work Friday through Sunday at $9.25 an hour.

WHERE TO CALL

• To apply for part-time work crew supervisor for Floyd County Community Corrections, call 812-948-5418.

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