Mayor Bell wants communities cleaned up

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -  Mayor William Bell is asking for more money to help clean neighborhoods.  In his 2011 mid-year budget, he is asking for $1.1 million for neighborhood maintenance. He said that money will be used on everything from cleaning up overgrown lots, to picking up trash, to tearing down burned houses.

Bell said the city is continuing the One2One clean up initiative in each of the city's 23 communities and he thinks the extra money will help keep the problem under control. "Each time we go into a neighborhood and clean up, residents are grateful. But more importantly, it is our commitment to maintain it and not do it one time and disappear," said Mayor Bell. "We have to maintain it."

Residents in the Norwood community said they often see trash in the area and would appreciate some help from the city.

"You will start to see the change. People are products of their environment and if you change your environment. You will see changes within the neighborhood," said Norwood resident Lena Irvine.

The mayor's mid-year budget will go before the finance committee prior to the city council.

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