City leaders discuss blight in District 2

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By Alice Du Pont

Quincy city commissioner Angela Sapp asked Jack Mclean, city manager, to do something about the blight in District 2. Grant said recently she received a call from citizens complaining that young men had hauled a sofa on the city right of way on 7th Street, and they set up daily horseshoe games.

The young men, Sapp said, apparently use the area most of the day into early evening. People who live on the street are afraid to come out of their homes. There were also discarded beer bottles and boxes left behind. Sapp said she also has noticed the number of dogs, including pit bulls, roaming 7th Street.

McLean said he would immediately address the sofa and horseshoe games and said he has answered many complaints about dogs. The problem, he said, is that the county, with which the city has contracted with for animal control, has one animal control officer because the other one is out on medical leave.

"We pay them something like $30,000 or $32,000 per year and we're just not getting our money's worth. I will report back to you after I have a chance to talk with county officials," McLean said.

"We need to get something done in District 2. It has become one of the worst looking districts in the city," Sapp said.

She told Mclean and commissioners that on a ride through District 2 last week she saw piles of trash that appeared to have been at curbside for weeks, as well as a number of abandoned cars in yards.

"I promised my constituents that I would do something to help clean up the district," she said.

McLean said he was unaware of the extent of the problem and that the junior code enforcement officers, who will begin work on June 8, should help identify some of the problems Sapp described.

"I want you to get out of the office sometime and ride through the neighborhoods," Sapp told McLean.