Senior citizens and residents are tired of the “drive-by” drop offs and some citizens participating in the open littering and trashing of city streets.
“We have had enough and we are cleaning up Kashmere Gardens,” said Jeremy Ratcliff, president of SuperNeighborhood #52. “This is not the landfill so don’t bring your trash, garbage and disposables here.”
The SuperNeighborhood group is teaming up with Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen to declare war on illegal dumpers and dumping in the community. The initiative was launched at the Kashmere Multiservice Center at 4802 Lockwood.
Rosen and his Illegal Dumping Enforcement Task Force have been instrumental in working successfully with residents recently in Acres Home to stop similar activity.
Rosen’s philosophy in the Precinct One Constable’s Office centers around working closely with community leaders to find real solutions on reducing crime and making our community safe.
His mission in the Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct One is to enhance the quality of life in our precinct by working in partnership with the community and to enforce laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide a safe environment. The mandate is to do so with honor and integrity while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.
Illegal dumping is a public problem for many throughout the precinct and Rosen is committed to partnering with the community and District B Councilman Jerry Davis to help stop it.
Kashmere Gardens is a historically African-American neighborhood in the northern 610 Loop area and is mostly made up of single-family homes.
Ratcliff said he feels especially bad for seniors who worked hard to build up the community and now in retirement have to see and battle those wanting to destroy it special beauty.
“This is not how we want our seniors to feel,” he said. “We also do not want our children brought up in an environment that is not good for building pride and self esteem.”
According to Ratcliff, people are tossing construction debris, mattresses, couches, clothing and trash into streets and on medians and in main rights-of-way passing and streets passing through the community.
“This is the ugliest thing I have ever seen and is embarrassing to so many of us trying to preserve the neighborhood and build up community pride,” he said. “We are launching an all out attack on illegal dumping and an education campaign for our residents.”
The meeting last week brought community leaders together with Rosen and his team to plan strategy to combat those who disregard the law.
“This is a collaborative effort and we will be very aggressive,” Ratcliff said. “We are asking for help from residents to report any and all illegal dumping and suspicious activity.”
Rosen shared a plan in two steps to rid the neighborhood of illegal dumping. Part of the plan includes stimulating community involvement by developing partnerships. Those partnerships include enlisting private industry, landowners, environment groups, community volunteers and local governments to support the plan to combat the issues and come up with winning ways to eradicate the problem.
The second phase involves reaching out to the public by providing the necessary tools to be a part of the solutions.
Some of that means volunteers getting out and concentrating effort on reaching out to these violators and making them aware of the consequences of illegal dumping.
He also talked about using the power of social media to spread the work about illegal dumping and how it hurts the image and impact safety and health in neighborhoods.
Ratcliff said the community is working to come up with new ideas, such as beautification projects and better signage to communicate to residents and passerby that the people of Kashmere Gardens are a proud people and that it is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
“Doing the little things makes a difference,” he said. “One day at a time, one step at a time.”