Wednesday, June 14, 2000

Cleanup runs into problems

City claims program was abused

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The city of Cincinnati's cleanup program has hit a snag after some residents and outsiders were accused of abusing the program by using it to get rid of household garbage.

        Plans to place a trash bin at 1605 State Ave. in Lower Price Hill on June 9 were canceled because city officials said there was nothing there to clean up.

        “We have had problems with people using the program to clean out their basements and other household junk,” said Diana Frey, media liaison for the city's Department of Public Services. “The program will still go on. In fact we are scheduled to be in Lower Price Hill on Aug. 21.”

        But Eileen Gallagher, president of the Lower Price Hill Community Council, wants the city there Monday. She has invited them to visit the site on State Avenue along with Linda Holterhoff, director of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.

        The meeting at the site is set for 6:15 p.m., Mrs. Gallagher said. She said she is disturbed the city has said the cleanup policy has changed.

        “I was told that the Dumpsters will no longer be used for community cleanups, but for illegal dumps,” she said. “That means vacant lots. This means that a Dumpster will be provided if a group of high-minded types tote the junk out of vacant lots owned by the city or by absentee slum landlords. But there will be no more Dumpsters for citizens who volunteer to clean their streets and home areas.”

        Mrs. Holterhoff said she will attend the meeting Monday and said if there is junk on the site she will go to bat for Mrs. Gallagher.

        “We want to clean up, but we want to clean up what is appropriate,” Mrs. Holterhoff said.

        She explained the city sends out trash bin application forms. Communities fill out the forms and list dates and sites for a bin. That request is processed through Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.

        Mrs. Gallagher said she listed dates and sites for 10 bins. She said they received a bin June 2, but the other nine sites have been canceled.


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