The Mayor surveys the litter
If you were in Southside at lunchtime on Tuesday, you would have seen groups of people walking around picking up litter and waste. They were members of Mayor Roisin Russo’s volunteer force to clean up Southside. She promised this during the election and this was their first outing. Around a dozen people, including Under Sheriff Brentt and two deputies, gathered for the clean-up. After a delay, they broke up into groups and, armed with trash bags, proceeded to get to work. Waste paper and cigarette ends were put into bags. Larger items, such as abandoned furniture and, believe it or not, a toilet bowl, were moved to specific places for garbage workers to pick up.
An alley off Shady St before the clean-up
The alley after the clean-up
Mayor Russo thought the turnout was good, though conceded it largely consisted of her friends, though Under Sheriff Brentt said the turnout was smaller than he thought it would be. He added "I do think it will make a difference. Maybe not a significant one but it shows people care about the Southside". Mayor Russo is thinking of organizing a second clean-up in July. She is also intending to having regular pickups every two weeks of furniture and the like. The clean-up ended at 2pm with burgers and sodas for the volunteers. (Additional reporting by Treyce Irelund.)