Operation Clean-Up hits District II

By: Valerie Bragg Email
By: Valerie Bragg Email
The city takes an opportunity to meet with Laredoans about maintenance and code violations.

Operation Clean Up is returning to many areas.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Operation Clean up was in full force Friday. It's part of a weeklong campaign to keep Laredo beautiful. This time, city inspectors were working to clean up parts of south Laredo, near Cigarroa High School.

Teresa Bustamonte was visiting her brother when the inspectors showed up at his home.
She says the visit was helpful and is thankful the city is helping them clean up.

"Yes because sometimes the people don't have the trucks or anything to clean up their yard. If they can at least put it on the street so that the trucks can pick it up, it would be very helpful."

The inspectors went to 300 to 400 homes, all to encourage people to clean up. Instead of giving out citations, inspectors spoke with the residents about options they have to clean up. The city will then follow up and make sure residents comply.

"The violators you find here is really just empty lots. Maybe someone didn't remember to maintain it, we'll notify them through the mail or a lot of people keep an abandoned car on the street that’s obstructing, so we'll tag those and give them a few days to comply. Tires, there's a real problem out there, they are always just thrown all over the place."

The city's health department was also collecting stray animals. Police were also out putting warnings on cars that were parked in the street. The inspectors will then follow up to make sure violators have cleaned-up. On Wednesday, solid waste will clean up the junk the residents put on the junk.

Those who do not comply could face fines ranging from $200-$2,000. The city tries to do this once a month in different parts of Laredo to clean it up.

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