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Ways you can help fight blight and keep the city of Flint clean

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:34 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) -

An individual was caught red handed by the Mayor of Flint for illegally dumping trash.

Mayor Sheldon Neely is reminding community members to do what he did say something if you see something.

“Once confronted the individual fled because they knew the activity they were engaging in. They were wrong,” said Neely.

“Some of the stuff they were dumping out was an old carpet, carpet pad [and a] broken down swing set. So this is stuff from a residential home… and they take it to a lightly inhabited area or a vacant structure, and they throw it there.”

The Mayor says the more trash the city has to pick up the more tax dollars they have to use to help fight blight, but Neeley says there is a way for you to help the city.

“They can report this activity, anonymously, without fear of being identified or targeted for reporting. They could collect a reward, but the reward is all of ours. It’s just not about the few dollars and cents, but it’s about a better, cleaner community that we all deserve and our children deserve.”

And there are other ways you can get involved in the community to help fight blight and clean up the city.

Dan Neu is a volunteer for GM Cares in Flint. He says even though it’s a lot of work it feels good to help clean up and support the city.

“There’s a lot of opportunities out there, and certainly on June 17th if they want to come down to the Riverbank Park and lend a hand that would be really appreciated,” said Neu.

“We’re going to be painting the walls, taking care of some of the graffiti. We’re going to be painting the railings that are a little rusted. We’re going to be cleaning up the broken canals.”

To join Dan Neu and other volunteers on the upcoming GM Cares day they will be at the Riverbank Park at 328 Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48502 on June 17th starting at 8am.

If you see someone dumping trash illegally you’re asked to call crime stoppers at:

1-800-422-JAIL (5245)

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