Jewett leaders want to clean up the town

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By AMY GAREIS

News-Herald Staff Writer

JEWETT – Leaders are setting the record straight about efforts to clean up the community, saying citations were given for problematic properties.

The village recently received a $2,000 Litter Cleanup Grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and has encouraged recycling and improvements during Spring Clean-up Days program. It runs through May 31 and includes tire removal, trash pickup, recycling and a countywide appliance and electronics collection sponsored by the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Joint Solid Waste District.

The program will involve curbside pickup all day on May 4, while dumpsters also have been placed at the community park. Bulky residential waste and mixed recyclables, such as plastic containers, aluminum and tin cans, newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail and crushed cardboard boxes will be accepted. However, hazardous materials, liquids, paint, batteries, rock and concrete, dead animals, vehicle parts, household electronics and furniture will not be taken.

A tire cleanup was held at the park on April 23 and the appliance and electronics collection on April 24 at the county garage, where tires were picked up at no charge at the participating village and township locations. Local groups also were policing the Conotton Creek Trail area for litter, as well as sidewalks, schools and church properties as part of the ongoing event.

Mayor Dwight Busby said while the endeavor touts community pride, officials have also been taking an active stance against seriously unkempt properties. Informational letters were sent to residents at the beginning of the month that also detailed ordinances for grass, junk vehicle and litter violations. Busby added that Jewett has seen its fair share of unkempt lots and had pictures of the most serious sites that were filled with tires, trash, debris, abandoned vehicles, fallen gutters and, in some cases, vermin.

“I’ve had at least 15 complaints about seeing rats and council gets [complaints] and the police department gets some,” Busby noted. “It’s not like we’re harassing people. Sooner or later the whole town will look like this because everyone will move out.”

“Some residents take pride in their property and make it look good. Right beside them [are messes] and they have to put with this. If someone is in some hardship and went to a church, there would be enough people to help them. It’s discouraging that a lot of people who keep their property up are talking about moving.“

Anyone with questions may contact the village office at 740-946-1471.

10 COMMENTS

  1. That picture is exactly what I picture when I hear the mention of Jewett, Ohio; Harrison Co.; Ohio; U.S.A. except for the County Officials missing for the photo op!

  2. Yes, Jewett, that sad little place where I spent the first six grades of school. A great place, in the 1950’s to be a kid; certainly not the case today.
    I applaud the local leaders who still try and maintain appearances but with any place that seems to have lost the reason for its’ existence, probably a losing battle.
    My father who arrived in the village in the second decade of the 20th Century, after a long train trip from Maryland, had many tales of what life was like
    then and while the village was still a village, the place had life, jobs and a sense of purpose.But the hand writing was on the wall; coal mining was entering a final phase and as that was the economic engine that kept the place going, many of the residents who once kept Jewett together simply left; those that remained simply didn’t have enough
    support to make up for those loses.
    Too bad; for decades I’ve lived in a large city on the West Coast but I’ve never lost the great memories of what it was like to be a kid in that little place.

  3. I truly hope that the clean-up is a success. I am saddened whenever I return to my hometown because it was such a wonderful place to grow up in the 1970’s and 80’s. Parents were a part of the children’ s lives and it was beautiful town. It now seems as if there is no pride, for some reason, in anything that the current residents seem to have or do. I hope that this changes soon!

  4. John, you evidently don’t even know the mayor, I’ve known the mayor for over 40+ years, and in all those years never ever did his back yard look like that, nor did the back yard of where he was raised as a child.
    Sounds like you don’t like the idea of Jewett being cleaned up in “all” areas.

  5. “Chill Out”; Peggy Sue! You have to admit that the photo shown is the norm! Before traversing through
    Jewett, Ohio Harrison County, Ohio, U.S.A. I make sure I have all of my innoculations updated!

  6. jewett is nothing you all want to clean up the junk what about all the empty house there nothing to do in jewett ohio

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