Elk­ton com­mu­ni­ties join ef­fort to clean up neigh­bor­hoods

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

ELK­TON

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— Res­i­dents of Hollingsworth Manor and its ad­ja­cent ar­eas, the Elk­ton Heights and the But­ton­woods neigh­bor­hoods are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a com­mu­nity cleanup.

The cleanup, which be­gan Fri­day and lasts un­til Tues­day, will en­able ten­ants or home­own­ers in those com­mu­ni­ties to throw away trash and larger items such as fur­ni­ture in dump­sters pro­vided by the town. How­ever, cer­tain items are not pro­hib­ited in the dump­sters in­clud­ing haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als, paint, tires and ap­pli­ances with freon.

The town’s De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works put out the dump­sters on Fri­day and plans to pick them up on Tues­day.

Dump­ster lo­ca­tions in­clude Park Cir­cle at the in­ter­sec­tion of Elk­ton Boule­vard and Park Place in the Heights, Cow Lane in Hollingsworth Manor, the cul-de-sac of Goose­neck Court and the park­ing lot be­tween the 300 and 400 blocks in But­ton­woods.

Many res­i­dents think it is a good way to in­volve the com­mu­nity and help clean up the ar­eas in which they live.

“It’s good, I think it’s re­ally, re­ally good,” said David Wil­son, a re­former res­i­dent of Hollingsworth Manor. “I hope it’ll get ev­ery­body to­gether and clean up this place and stop trash­ing it.”

Wil­son reg­u­larly sees trash items on the me­dian of Cow Lane and said that only hurts the pub­lic per­cep­tion of the neigh­bor­hood.

“It’s a big eye­sore,” Wil­son said. “It makes the value of the neigh­bor­hood go down.”

Wil­son said he and other fam- ily mem­bers who re­side in the com­mu­nity will be among those par­tic­i­pat­ing, and he hopes oth­ers join the com­mu­nity-wide ef­fort as well.

To­mas Bar­rera, a res­i­dent of Goose­neck Court, said hav­ing the dump­ster in the cul-de-sac is a good step in help­ing to keep that area clean.

“I think if we all get to­gether, we can keep it clean,” he said. “Some peo­ple try to keep it clean (now).”

Bar­rera said he’s con­cerned about the trash that is dumped be­hind the town homes near the Lit­tle Elk Creek, as well as the trash put next to the curbs on Goose­neck Court.

Bar­rera said once peo­ple no­tice there’s a dump­ster, the res­i­dents will uti­lize it.

“It’ll help keep the com­mu­nity cleaned up,” he said.

This cleanup and a pre­vi­ous one are a re­sult of a meet­ing be­tween area land­lords and Mayor Rob Alt ear­lier in the year, said Michelle Hen­son, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice sec­re­tary for the town of Elk­ton.

On Oct. 8, the first cleanup yielded more than eight tons of trash among the dump­ster lo­ca­tions on Dan­ford Drive, South Tartan Drive and in Friend­ship Heights, Hen­son noted.

Neigh­bor­hoods can con­tact DPW to re­quest dump­sters, but the neigh­bor­hoods must ini­ti­ate the cleanup and need a “neigh­bor­hood buy-in,” or sup­port from the whole area, not just a few neigh­bors, Hen­son said.

Neigh­bor­hoods in­ter­ested can con­tact DPW at 410-392-6636.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Goose­neck Court res­i­dent To­mas Bar­rera said he hopes the dump­sters will help to al­le­vi­ate the trash is­sue on that road.

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