Downtown Dump

An alert “06880” reader saw recent stories here celebrating downtown redevelopment, but detected a bit of a disconnect.

The reader writes:

Close to a million dollars in grants and funding, dozens of volunteers spending countless hours planning a more friendly, beautiful and historically maintained downtown … and this is how business owners and merchants maintain it?

Downtown dump

8 responses to “Downtown Dump

  1. Stephen Rubin

    Very good point! It’s time that we enforced the policies that we already have before going on and making new ones.

  2. bobbi essagof

    True but….It’s been a long winter and I dread to think what is under the snow at my house!

  3. Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

    Don’t worry. Spring cleaning will be a joyful activity after a winter like this.

  4. Bart Shuldman

    Just think. We will so many small shops on Main Street, break it all up, that each one will have their little space to clean. Just saying.

  5. Bill Blaufuss

    Winter Spring Summer Fall, it makes no difference. I park in Parker Harding every Friday morning when i attend Rotary meetings at Bobby Q’s and the trassh bins are always overflowing with trash. It would be one thing if shoppers did not use the bins. But they do! The Downtpown Merchants Association doesn’t get them emptied out often enough. The result is the litter that you see,

    • Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

      OK, then what’s it going to take to get the DMA to stop trashing our beloved town by skimping on trash collection? Sounds unnecessary.

  6. Charlie Haberstroh

    I’ve been monitoring the comments and thank you for them. The Parks and Rec Dept. is responsible for the trash pickup downtown except for the two dumpsters. I will look into the trash situation. The receptacles shouldn’t be overflowing, as Bill said, and I will find out the times that trash is picked up. As far as the picture is concerned, this stuff left after the snow melt will be picked up, but face it, as snow melts we will find debris underneath.

    Please hold us accountable for our responsibilities and please let me know of any trash issues, downtown, at Longshore or Campo or for that matter at any Park maintained by the town by email to:

    Thank you for helping us Keep Westport Clean. (By the way it wouldn’t hurt if anyone finds a stray piece of trash for them to throw them in the proper receptacle.)

    Charlie Haberstroh
    Parks and Rec. Commission

  7. THANKS, Charlie. This is what public service (and he’s a volunteer) is all about. And to everyone in town: We’re all in this together.