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Mary Lou Popa renews call for citywide cleanup

April 17, 2013

SALEM — Former city councilwoman Mary Lou Popa banged the drum again for a citywide cleanup during an appearance before Salem City Council Tuesday night, calling on residents to contact their counci......

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Apr-18-13 9:34 AM

And how are you going to MAKE people responsible. As I said: It is sad the responsibile taxpayers have to pay for the irresponsible. But that is reality. It's not just Salem, it's everywhere.

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Apr-17-13 4:12 PM

Justwatching How is this going to make our city look better? Those that have their junk scattered about in their yards are not going to part with it that is why it is there, they want to keep it. They are not disposing of it because they can not afford to, they could just as easily put it out with their regular garbage if they wanted too for no additional cost. They are not getting rid of it because they don't want to part with it or they just don't care. To be honest with you I really don't can't see in the levy that passed the city income tax where a use of it was to be to pick up private citizens refuge. People need to be made responsible for their own junk not the taxpayers.

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Apr-17-13 2:58 PM

Unfortunately some people put things at the curb and then they sit forever because they don't have a regular service. It is sad the responsibile taxpayers have to pay for the irresponsible. But that is reality. If we want our city to look nice, a clean up every few years is the way to go. -Although I put a completely broken piece of junk on my curb and it was gone by morning. Don't know if someone put it back together or took it for the scrap value. I'm going to bet a lot of people didn't know about the drop-off if they don't get the paper.

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Apr-17-13 10:18 AM

Jagger21 your idea that we should be more concerned about things that people should be taking the responsibility for themselves, like be responsible for discarding their own trash and let the more important issues of this town the deterioration of our infrastructure and the rampant crime that has increased by leaps and bounds the past few years go undone, is a good example of what is wrong with Salem. The city needs to take care of the things that they are responsible for and let private property owners be responsible for the things they are suppose to be responsible for. The taxpayers didn't accumulate peoples trash they did so they need to be responsible and take care of getting rid of it. Again take it to the curb and let your garbage man haul it away. Most include that service in the cost of their fees that they charge. If not it is the individuals junk they should pay for it not the taxpayers.

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Apr-17-13 9:32 AM

I agree with Mary Lou.The streets are always a mess this time of year.They always manage to patch the worstones.The police dept. is always short handed and no matter how much money there is they always will be.The large item drop off was pretty vague on what was accepted.Not to mention not everybody has a way to haul there stuff or the time in just one day.If peoples discards will be picked up by the pickers,thats less that has to be picked up.I don't think once every couple of years is too much to ask of the city.Thanks Mary Lou!

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Apr-17-13 8:47 AM

Mary Lou says: "We owe this to the city residents" We sure do owe the city residents Mary Lou The city has a responsibility to provide the basic services you know fire, police and streets. The only one of those areas that are being done right now is the fire protection. The police are short handed, the streets are a shambles and a disgrace and you worry about something that people could put their junk out for their trash haulers but won't and you think the city should pay extra to have it done. I think the city needs to take care of their basic obligations before they go looking at other needless projects to throw our money at.

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Apr-17-13 8:42 AM

So Mary Lou is at it again. Did she not know about the large item drop off? Is it too much to ask the citizens of Salem to take their discarded appliances and furniture to a drop off place. Also your local trash company will pick up large items if you call them. In my experience, putting out discards at the curb usually will be picked up by the pickers! Rather than worry about something that is already taken care of, Mary Lou would be better off addressing council about the horrible condition of our streets!

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