WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)-- The city of Waterbury is taking some steps to clean up blight. There are new proposals that would require folks to get rid of trash and graffiti.
"It's disgusting. It's just an eyesore to the neighborhood," said Al Coppola.
In parts of Waterbury, you can see graffiti or garbage piled up outside just about everywhere you turn.
"It shouldn't be on public buildings, it shouldn't be on private property," said Bonnie Orintas, Chairman of the Litter Control and Beautification Committee.
"It's costly to remove. It creates negative elements, like the city is dirty or the city is poor or has high crime," said LT. Dan Laue, Director of the Waterbury.
With the city's smart phone app you can report the graffiti. A built in GPS pin points the location and all you do is snap a photo and hit send, and your report goes to the city.
"It is a beautiful city but it's blighted. I would like to see the city cleaned up," said Eleanor Regan, Waterbury resident.
And that's what the city of Waterbury plans to do, making some additions to its blight ordinance. The proposal would make homeowners responsible for cleaning up eyesores.
"Unfortunately it's up to us. We paid out-of-pocket or through taxes and that's the way it is," said Regan.
"We as a city, make every effort to have those responsible caught, cover the graffiti and sometimes that is the case. But there are times we just don't know who did it," said Lauer.
Some Waterbury residents say they've had enough of graffiti taggers, defacing their neighborhood
"This needs to stop, I don't need to be gone. They call themselves graffiti artists. There's no artistry in that. It is mean and despicable," said Orintas.
To download the iReport Waterbury app, click here.
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