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Officials: Take control of what is happening, fight the blight

The city of Albany is pushing forward with its initiative to fight the blight. (Source: WALB) The city of Albany is pushing forward with its initiative to fight the blight. (Source: WALB)
Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan (Source: WALB) Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan (Source: WALB)
Albany Transportation Planner Kerrie Davis (Source: WALB) Albany Transportation Planner Kerrie Davis (Source: WALB)
Albany Police Chief Michael Persley (Source: WALB) Albany Police Chief Michael Persley (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

City officials said they are sick and tired of looking at trash and rundown areas, and they are asking for the community's help in cleaning up Albany.

The city is working to strengthen the community and make the city a little more beautiful. And one of the big initiatives will kick off this weekend. 

Stray trash and high grass, are neither pleasing to the eye nor to a community. 

"We think blight is a quality of life issue," said Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan.

That's why the city of Albany put together a strategic plan to flight it.

"We really want to get the ball rolling and let people know we are serious about fighting the blight throughout the community," explained Albany Transportation Planner Kerrie Davis.

The kickoff will be a community wide cleanup, starting in the plan's target area of central Albany. 

"It's not the prettiest and some of those alleys in our target area are absolutely abysmal," said Davis.

"We are really pushing this initiative to help the quality of life in our community which eventually leads to a better overall climate in our communities," explained Subadan.

A climate that stretches from litter to crime. 

"Blight properties are a part of quality of life issues. It causes certain types of crimes that can occur not to occur," said Albany Police Chief Michael Persley.

Persley said that areas with tall grass and broken windows are where police see a lot of crime. 

"It won't make all crime go away but it will deter a lot of future crimes from occurring," said Persley.

The Community cleanup day is just the start of a six month fight the blight plan in the target areas. 

"We have to have the community come out and take back their neighborhoods and take control of what is happening," said Persley.

Those interested in being a part of the big event, can go to Engram Park on Saturday at 8 a.m. 

Anyone who can't make it Saturday but still wants to help, can contact Davis at (229) 438-3920 or by email kedavis@albany.ga.us.

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