By AMY GAREIS

News-Herald Staff Writer

JEWETT – Leaders are setting the record straight about efforts to clean up the community, saying citations were given for problematic properties.

The village recently received a $2,000 Litter Cleanup Grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and has encouraged recycling and improvements during Spring Clean-up Days program. It runs through May 31 and includes tire removal, trash pickup, recycling and a countywide appliance and electronics collection sponsored by the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Joint Solid Waste District.

The program will involve curbside pickup all day on May 4, while dumpsters also have been placed at the community park. Bulky residential waste and mixed recyclables, such as plastic containers, aluminum and tin cans, newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail and crushed cardboard boxes will be accepted. However, hazardous materials, liquids, paint, batteries, rock and concrete, dead animals, vehicle parts, household electronics and furniture will not be taken.

A tire cleanup was held at the park on April 23 and the appliance and electronics collection on April 24 at the county garage, where tires were picked up at no charge at the participating village and township locations. Local groups also were policing the Conotton Creek Trail area for litter, as well as sidewalks, schools and church properties as part of the ongoing event.

Mayor Dwight Busby said while the endeavor touts community pride, officials have also been taking an active stance against seriously unkempt properties. Informational letters were sent to residents at the beginning of the month that also detailed ordinances for grass, junk vehicle and litter violations. Busby added that Jewett has seen its fair share of unkempt lots and had pictures of the most serious sites that were filled with tires, trash, debris, abandoned vehicles, fallen gutters and, in some cases, vermin.

“I’ve had at least 15 complaints about seeing rats and council gets [complaints] and the police department gets some,” Busby noted. “It’s not like we’re harassing people. Sooner or later the whole town will look like this because everyone will move out.”

“Some residents take pride in their property and make it look good. Right beside them [are messes] and they have to put with this. If someone is in some hardship and went to a church, there would be enough people to help them. It’s discouraging that a lot of people who keep their property up are talking about moving.“

Anyone with questions may contact the village office at 740-946-1471.