Maintaining a clean, safe, and attractive atmosphere is essential to ensure that Mt. Adams residents and visitors feel safe and secure moving throughout the neighborhood and parks. The Clean, Safe, & Attractive Committee of the Mt. Adams Civic Association focuses on property and building maintenance issues, the cleanliness of the business district, public property maintenance, street lighting and road maintenance, and working with city staff to improve trash pickup and other services. All of this is done with the goal of providing a friendly and welcoming environment for residents, businesses, and visitors.
Studies have shown that disorder in the form of vandalism, litter, and other acts of low-level lawbreaking can change the way people behave – making them more likely to add to the disorder of an environment (Source: Economist, Can the Can, November 20, 2008). For example, if a person in the business district sees cigarette butts or other trash on the sidewalk, they are more likely to add their own trash than they would have been if the sidewalks were clean.
We need your help to keep Mt. Adams clean, safe, and attractive. The only way to be successful is to have great people working together year after year. Great progress has been made since 2008 and we need committed people to keep the momentum going. Please consider volunteering for any of our hill initiative. Just download this volunteer form and send it to us. Please get involved and thanks for your support!
Here is a list of our priorities.
1. Establish a property and building maintenance task force to encourage enforcement of property and building code violations.
2. Ensure that those who may have problems maintaining property due to special circumstances (e.g., elderly, disabled, lower-income) are matched with resources that can help them maintain their properties.
3. Use the community website as a vehicle to encourage property owners to maintain property and buildings. Provide information on organizations like People Working Cooperatively that may be able to help with building maintenance.
4. Coordinate street clean-up of the business district, especially on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.
5. Start a program similar to the Downtown Ambassadors program that serves the Central Business District.
6. Work with the city to ensure regular pickup from city-owned garbage cans and pickup for special events.
7. Work with the city to ensure the city-owned property is properly maintained.
8. Explore traffic-calming measures to slow traffic and increase vehicular safety.
9. Establish neighborhood watches and reporting procedures for suspicious activities.
10. Locate areas of inadequate street lighting and coordinate with the city and energy company to improve safety lighting.
The leader for the Clean, Safe, & Attractive Committee is David Brecount. His email address is brecount at yahoo.com.