From the Mayor’s Desk

  • Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Recently I used this space to write about the litter problem that plagues our community and state. I heard from a number of you who are concerned about it and the message it says about our sense of pride.

Earlier this month I learned that First Circuit Court Judge Diane Goodstein has begun using a program called “Assign A Highway” to get some of the litter off of our streets and rights of way.

When the judge has the option to put an offender on probation, she sentences them to perform community service. And now, as part of that community service, Judge Goodstein is assigning them a section of highway near where they live to keep litter free.

Defendants are provided vests and they can pick up the litter at a time of their choice — morning, afternoon or evening. No supervisors are required, but the streets are patrolled by a litter coordinator. If that coordinator finds the area has not been kept clean, she reports to Judge Goodstein who can then revoke the probation and put the defendants in jail.

“I like the program. It’s great. And some that I have put in this program have told me they have been thanked by residents who have seen them picking up the litter. They appreciate that and it is good for their self-esteem,” Judge Goodstein told me.

I thank Judge Goodstein for her support of this program – which I believe began in Virginia. With our Adopt a Highway program which uses volunteers to pick up litter and other programs, maybe we can bring this blight on our community under control.

Remember the fallen

I joined a gathering of faithful veterans and supporters of our military who gathered at Summerville Cemetery for a Memorial Day Observance.

A gentle breeze and poignant remarks by Retired Navy Rear Admiral Bob Besal highlighted the occasion. The singing of the National Anthem, presentation of the colors, prayers, laying of a wreath, a gun salute, and taps were on the program also.

Let us never cease to honor the memory of those men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. And let us also commit ourselves to looking after their families and those who serve us today.

Waste complaints

We at Town Hall and members of Town Council have received a number of complaints from citizens about the Residential Solid Waste Collection performance of our contractor Waste Pro.

Staff and I have had two meetings with Waste Pro officials to address concerns about inconsistent pick up and poor communications. Summerville residents expect a high level of service in this area and we intend to see that becomes the case. I will keep you posted on this issue.

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