A community cleanup has been slated for June 29 in the West End.
City Councilor Ken Cockayne said he got the idea from Forestville leaders who routinely spruce up their area of town.
“I’m trying to jump start the West End,” said Cockayne, a rookie Republican.
The effort already has wide support, he said, with help promised by a number of city departments, businesses and others.
Mayor Art Ward said that he plans to help out.
Ward, a Democrat, said that the effort will improve the West End and raise awareness of the need to keep it spruced up.
“It shows the commitment of this administration to a solution” to the community’s problems, the mayor said.
Cockayne said that a lot of business owners are answering his calls, including Bill Englert of Tru-Value Hardware, who is donating some supplies.
“There’s just been a huge response. People are excited,” Cockayne said.
Cockayne said public works crews are going to drop off empty barrels and pick up ones that are full of trash after the pickup.
The Police Board will consider soon whether to allow a temporary parking ban in the center of the West End so that 9 a.m. to noon community cleanup can have an easier time, Cockayne said. He said he hopes it will grant the request.
The city’s youth services department plans to bring some young people along to lend a hand, Cockayne said.
“Everyone I’ve approached has been more than willing to help,” Cockayne said.
Cockayne said that instead of just talking about solving the problem in the West End, he’s trying to do something.
“Actions speak louder than words,” he said.
“I’m just excited about doing it. It’s something that should have been done years ago. I’m taking the initiative in my district,” Cockayne said.
Those willing to help should meet at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 29 in from of the South Side Meat Market. For more information, call Cockayne at (860) 584-5918.
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