By Tom Lehman 9:58am, May 2, 2014Some of Wilmington's most messiest alleys got a clean sweep from the city's licenses and inspections department during the month of April, as part of an effort to improve public safety and appearances in those pathways.
WDEL's Tom Lehman reports...
The $25,000 effort involved removing garbage and debris that was illegally dumped in alleys, said Jeff Starkey, the outgoing licenses and inspections commissioner who was tapped to head the city's public works department last month.
"(We found) all kinds of stuff, mattresses, bed frames, drug paraphenalia, trees that had overgrown into some of the walkways," Starkey said.
Inspectors cleaned alleys in the following areas:
- Eighth and Taylor Streets to Pine and Kirkwood Streets
- Second and Conrad Streets to Harrison and Franklin Streets
- Third and Conrad Streets to Harrison and Franklin Streets
- Sixth and Seventh Streets to Harrison and Franklin Streets
- Ninth and 10th Streets, to Pine and Kirkwood Streets
- Eighth and Taylor Streets to Spruce and Bennett Streets
- 2100 block of Claymont Street.
Starkey says citations were issued for some exterior violations but home and property owners were advised it was their responsibility to keep the alleys clean.
If those pathways aren't clear, he said public safety personnel would be hindered when responding to emergencies.
"Primarily the fire, police and ambulance services as well as the L&I inspectors," he said. "We can't cite stuff if we cant get back there to see some of the yards."
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.