Spring cleaning

Jessica Lewis

Spring has always been the time of year to clean out the old, and bring in the new. And in the City and Town of Norwich, things are no different. This spring, several attempts are being made to clean-up the neighborhoods, and even more may be needed.

As a child, I hated cleaning my room, even when it really, really, really needed it. I guess some of the property owners in Chenango County are still at that mentality. They aren’t going to clean up until someone comes in and makes them. Well, local officials are starting to do just that.

The City of Norwich has been taking serious steps to get things cleaned up for nearly a year now, since they passed a new garbage ordinance last year. With the recent addition of the Rental Registration, things seem to be off to a good start. Already, apartment buildings that looked more than a little shabby in years past, with garbage and junk all over the yards, have started to clean-up. Other buildings have begun making the necessary structural repairs, to actually make the buildings fit for habitation. It’s great that these actions are finally being taken, but at the same time, it’s sad that someone had to come in and watch over the property owners shoulders to make sure the job was being done.

In the Town of Norwich officials have worked to clean-up properties near the Halfway House Bridge, and are trying to make the eyesores in the town go away, or at the very least get better. It’s not the end, by any means, but it’s nice to see progress being made in areas that have needed it for quite some time.

There are several more areas in need of a good cleaning, but municipal governments can’t take care of them all, at least not in a timely fashion. Hopefully their efforts will encourage people to get moving and clean-up their own properties, instead of waiting for that parental figure to come in and make them do it.