Town slates community cleanup for Friday, Saturday

CAROGA – The town will hold a community cleanup this weekend, according to town Code Enforcement Officer Sheila Yates.

In May, Yates said the town board formed a blight committee during a meeting. Yates, town board member John Glenn and town Clerk Linda Gilbert were put on the committee.

“We have been working on the community cleanup since,” Yates said.

The main goals of the committee, Yates said, are to make Caroga presentable to those driving to the Adirondack State Park and to make neighbors comfortable.

“We are considered the corridor to the Adirondacks, and when you come up here, driving into the mountains and seeing the 44 lakes, you have to come through us,” Yates said.

The blight that Yates wants to focus on would not be sand toys and bikes in the front yard.

“A urine-covered mattress, that is blight leaning up against your house. Wood is not blight. We are talking literal trash,” Yates said.

The committee’s goal with the community cleanup is to give homeowners an opportunity this weekend to clean up, Yates said.

Normally with blight citations, Yates will receive a complaint or notice something during her work. A letter will be sent to the homeowner asking for the blight to be cleaned up. If the homeowner does not comply, a certified letter is sent. If they still refuse to clean it up, they are issued an appearance ticket before the Caroga Town Court.

On Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, the town transfer station on Everson Road will allow residents of the town to drop off any trash or junk after picking up a free town dumping permit.

“They can bring literally just about anything to the dump,” Yates said.

Yates said crews also will be available to pick up items that the dump cannot accept. If someone cannot haul an item, Yates can send a crew to take it away.

This would give people an opportunity to clean up the town and give them a chance to fix any blight their house may have.

“If after this [people still have blight], I have no choice but to enforce our ordinances on blight,” Yates said.

This is not the first town cleanup to be held. According to Gilbert, the town did a cleanup several years ago that was organized by former councilwoman Valerie Scribner.

“It was very successful,” Gilbert said.

For more information or questions about the cleanup, contact the code enforcer at 835-4211, Ext. 25.