Pershing Avenue to see cleanup

WARREN — Residents living on Pershing and Choctaw Avenues will be getting a little relief this weekend as members of Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and others volunteer to clean up the debris in the southwest side neighborhood 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

TNP is gathering teams from its Warren Enriched program, which is comprised of community volunteers, its clients with the Warren Municipal Court’s Community Service Program, as well as clients from Trumbull County Community Service Juvenile Program to do the cleanup.

Residents of the two streets earlier this week lamented the condition of the area, which was piled with so much trash and debris that a school bus was unable to get through.

The community organization was approached by LeAnn O’Brien of Warren’s Environmental Services Department to do the project.

“We were approached about three weeks ago if we could get some people to help clean up the area,” Matt Martin, executive director of Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership said. “They know we will do projects like this. We only ask for them to supply the roll offs and pick up what is collected.”

TNP operates the municipal court’s community services program, which allows those convicted of misdemeanor offenses to work off court fines and costs, and, on occasion, some jail time, through community service projects.

Joe Consiglio II, who is in charge of the juvenile court’s community service program, agreed to assist TNP in the cleanup of the neighborhood. Consiglio said the juveniles work on weekends cleaning up various football fields, raking leaves for elderly residents and cleaning out some parking areas in different communities around the county.

“It is good for the kids,” Consiglio said. “There are times when we are doing a cleanup project people will blow their horns in appreciation as they drive by. I tell them that people appreciate what they are doing.”

Martin said TNP goes to the Pershing and Choctaw Avenue area at least once a year to do a cleanup.

“There are problems with dumping — especially tires — in different areas, including on Martin Luther King Avenue and Burton Street,” Martin said. “We often have problems with the dumping of tires whenever we go into vacant houses and buildings. “

Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa said the city does not have the manpower in the operations department to do a cleanup.

Linda Davis, a Pershing Avenue resident, appreciates the efforts the volunteer groups will be making to pick up the construction debris and garbage thrown onto the two streets over the last year.

“It is great, but it will not solve the problem,” Davis said. “The city needs to come down here to cut back the high grass, bushes and tree limbs that are growing toward the street and blocking the view.”

Davis would like to see a long-term solution found to the dumping problem.

“The city previously said they were going to put movable cameras here,” Davis said. “I did not see them.”

Although Davis would like the city to block a portion of the road that make it easier for people to dump in the dark, the long-time resident is resigned that it will not happen.

“There are other areas of the city where roads are blocked and there does not seem to be a problem,” Davis said.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the cleanup can call Martin at 330-599-9275.