If you saw Sunday’s paper, you know, there are good people in Sharon.
The city’s new community development director, Melissa Phillips, pointed out that there are lots of volunteers helping to make the city a better place to live.
And one of the places they are starting is with the blight and unkempt areas.
Phillips said that much of the work being done to clean up Sharon is being accomplished at the hands of volunteers.
That’s right, neighbors helping neighbors.
We understand that some of that might be a little hard for some people to swallow.
After all, why shouldn’t property owners be required to do what they need to do with overgrown grass and poorly maintained homes?
And you are right. That is where the responsibility ultimately lies, and the city should do everything it can to go after those who own property and do not maintain it, or absentee landlords who don’t care what one of their properties looks like as long as the money keeps coming in.
But, as our city’s development director said Sunday, what you also need to know is that in some cases, the owners of local properties who are still in their homes might not be able to do the maintenance they used to do.
That is where the community part kicks in.
Helping out an elderly neighbor who can’t handle yard work or simple outdoor maintenance anymore is absolutely what we would hope someone would do to help our parents — or us — someday.
And taking care of a lot that is marred by high grass, litter and other discards, well, that is just keeping the property values up in the neighborhood.
Those who take the time to do for others without any hope of gain or notoriety — well, they are the good guys, and what has made this city and this region such a wonderful place to live.
That being said. The recent spate of fireworks in Sharon — and likely around the county as well — has brought another issue to the forefront.
In the wake of the fireworks is litter. Discards such as spent casings were strewn in many neighborhoods.
Add to that the everyday litter that is tossed or ignored in this community and you get the need for a real call to arms.
Nothing makes a city look more like a place to run from than streets, highways and other areas where litter is allowed to accumulate.
Yes, it is not our litter. We did not put it there.
No, it isn’t fair that we should clean up after someone else.
But if we want to continue sending Sharon’s futures into the next level, we need to do the little things that matter.
And yes, that includes picking up empty bottles and paper — and spent fireworks skeletons — lying on our streets and fields.
Summer is the perfect time to do a little spring cleanup.