Warren mayor to begin neighborhood blitz

Warren officials cleaned up trash on a bike trail in Waren, Ohio.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Warren Mayor Doug Franklin is calling on the people of Warren to help him with his new plan to clean up the city.

Franklin announced his plan Friday morning during his State of the City address to go one neighborhood at time until the whole city is cleaned up.

Areas that have been abandoned and littered with distressed properties are where Franklin wants to start improving the city.

“We are going to do it one neighborhood at a time until we touch every neighborhood in the city,” Franklin said.

The mayor hopes to get police officers, firefighters and city workers on the same page with neighborhood groups.

“We are going to be bringing all of our resources to the table and concentrating on those crime hot spots,” Franklin said. “We will be addressing things like beautification and whether there’s dumping in areas, garbage, code enforcement issues.”

While is there no official start date or place for the blitz to start, some council members said they want the mayor to begin in their neighborhoods first.

“I’m very proactive in my ward, and I call the health department three or four times a week,” said Councilman John Brown, 3rd Ward.

Councilwoman Cheryl Saffold, 6th Ward, said her ward has been plagued with problems, including dumping and crime.

Council members said they don’t expect these changes to the city to cost any more money than they already spend.

“These are types of projects that in which people can just roll up their sleeves and just go to work,” Saffold said.

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