It was one of the largest crowds ever to attend a NEWRA Clean Street Committee monthly meeting at the Nazzaro Community Center.
The main topics centered around household trash removal and dirty streets.
Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina attended the neighborhood meeting presenting an item involving a one colored City of Boston trash bag that will clearly define people trash, thus eliminating what color or type of bags should be used.
He noted that the bags will be sold at local stores at cost. He also mentioned that people who can do it should place household trash out in barrels and that trash, if placed out properly, is on the sidewalk for up to fourteen hours, 5pm to 7am.
Frank O’Brien, a regular at the Clean Streets Committee meetings, discussed winter weather rules for landlords snow removal and the mechanical street cleaning program which ends December 1 and resumes in March.
LaMattina claimed that since the mechanical street cleaning was expanded, North End streets are much cleaner. Most residents agreed but others claimed the streets are still dirty.
One resident claimed more enforcement and more manpower is the only way to resolve the trash problem.
In both cases, LaMattina said the City is doing all it can, but budget restraints limits how much can be done.
Committee Chairperson David Grant presented all the projects (many of them) the committee has been involved with over the years but called for the establishment of priorities and goals in order to be more effective in tackling problems or creating programs.
Johanna Coppola of North Margin Street was selected as the committee’s “Good Neighbor” Award winner for the month of November for continuously cleaning the curb and sidewalk in front of her home.
The next committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13 at 7pm in the Nazzaro Community Center.