Letter: Grand Avenue ashtray
On a recent Sunday afternoon, my husband and I decided to venture onto the new pedestrian walkway to check out the progress on the bridge construction. We were surprised, disappointed and disgusted to see the accumulation of cigarette butts in the gutters from Eighth Street south. And we weren’t the only ones. The family just ahead of us paused briefly as they identified the route between the chain links that would take them up the ramp. Their older son, who looked to be about 14, stopped dead in his tracks, staring down at the gutter.
“They need to get the clean-up crew out here,” he said. “All these cigarette butts are gross.”
Not the impression we want to leave with our visitors, is it? How about installing a few of those enclosed ashtrays and asking the businesses in that block to take turns getting out there and keeping the area cleaned up? The current situation really reflects poorly on both those businesses and our town, regardless of who’s responsible for tossing their butts.
We make a daily effort to keep the River Trail cleaned up because we benefit from using it. We hope others will take the same action in the areas they use in our beautiful town.
Linda J. Schuemaker
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