The action on 2032 Jefferson wasn’t apart of the cleanup initiative, but Phyllis and LeRoy Roebuck were doing their part to keep their part of the city clean.
“I want to keep this place looking nice,” LeRoy Roebuck said. “I work in the record industry and have clientele come here so I want it to be nice around here.”
The two, along with other block members, started around eight on Saturday morning and finally completed their task around one. Phyllis Roebuck is a block captain on the street and her duties include communicating with the neighbors and making sure that the block stays clean.
“Try to keep it clean once a week,” she said. “Everybody needs to pitch in and help. It’s never been like this. Students come in and take over.”
Roebuck is referring to the young adults who live around the area as she pointed out numerous houses that house them. She says that they are the main reason for all the garbage, cans, bottles and cigarettes on the block.
“They do all this partying,” she said. “They come past and throw their stuff. Why should we clean up their mess? They have to get out here and clean themselves too.”
Phyllis and LeRoy are taking their gripes to the city in hopes of getting more help for their block. Phyllis has a meeting with the city on Tuesday.
Phyllis has a few requests including for the sidewalk to be painted which she says hasn’t been done because they are making the citizens buy their own paint.
In addition, Phyllis and LeRoy are both fighting for a way to eliminate all the trash on their street. Phyllis is lobbying for a street sign that will warn everyone that littering will result in a $300 fine. LeRoy wants at least three stationary trash cans on the street.
LeRoy, who has lived at this same location for 45 years, is partly optimistic that his street will get all of his requests. He is however encouraged with the work that has been done and how the street will rally to keep their block nice.
“It’s going to get better. It has to get better. It can’t get any worse,” he said. “It was a mess. It looks much better now. Makes the block look better after we cleaned it up.”