CPD hosts cleanup in north Columbia neighborhood
COLUMBIA — Some people in Columbia spent their Saturday alongside CPD and city officials in an effort to cleanup the Auburn Hills neighborhood in north Columbia.
City officials handed out trash bags and supplies to volunteers at the event.
The event was hosted by the Columbia Police Department, the Auburn Hills Homeowners Association and the Office of Neighborhood Services.
Office of Neighborhood services official Sara Ferrill said it is part of the City of Columbia's 2016 - 2019 strategic plan.
"Within the city's strategic plan, there were some neighborhoods that were identified as having perhaps a lack of resources, or that needed additional attention," Ferrill said, "This is one of the areas that we recognized that there's not a lot of people coming through here. There's a lot of trash that ends up on the streets and the neighbors tell us that they would really like some assistance."
In a news release City Manager Mike Matthes said he believes the strategic plan will help families and neighborhoods thrive.
"We hope to see an increased awareness that this neighborhood actually exists. We hope to start a contagious effect of pride in the neighborhood where if people see trash, if they see a property maintenance issue, they let us know or they pick it up themselves," Ferrill said.
Ferrill also said there will be more events in the future.
"The hope is that people will start picking it up that's why we're doing this event to bring awareness that we really do need to start picking up the trash, and if we have a nice looking neighborhood, it's better for everybody," Ferrill said.