Alderman Aubry Brent Jr. said he is about to take matters in his own hands when it comes to a trashy ditch in his ward since he “can’t get the city workers to do it.”
Brent told the city council he has mentioned the condition of a ditch on Ninth Street for the past two months during the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings. But he said he has still seen no results from the city street department.
“You can ride up Prentiss and Ninth Street and look to the left,” Brent said. “It looks like a third world country.”
Brent said he wants to put up “No Dumping” signs in the areas.
“ I am also going to talk to the individuals who live across the street from the ditch in terms of dumping,” Brent said. “I’ve seen them throw garbage. I’ve seen them dump their big green garbage cans. It’s pitiful.”
Brent said he is also disappointed in the city workers who have not addressed his request surrounding the ditch’s condition.
“It doesn’t take much to detail a few men out there and get all the trash out of that ditch,” he said. “But I am going to get kids in the community, and we are going to attempt to clean this ditch up. Once we get that done, I’m going to come back to this meeting, and I’m not gonna be nice to our street department. We pay these guys to do a job, and a number of them pass there every day. They just look and keep moving.”
Walter Williams, public works director, said he would have the ditch cleaned up as soon as possible. He said there was no need for Brent to organize a clean-up crew.