Trash In Odessa Continues To Be A Problem 7/19/13
CBS 7 News
ODESSA- The City of Odessa still suffers from trash problems, but that's all about to change thanks to one organization.
Keep Odessa Beautiful, has been around for about 28 years, but it's time to take action said the new director of the organization, Sarah Matai.
"We’re not targeting one area of the town, this really is a community issue and that’s how we’re focusing on it. This is a community and we want everyone to participate,” said Matai.
City Manager Richard Morton said that he's asking the city council for approval on hiring four additional workers to his street team department. These workers would be hired to keep the city's streets and alleys clean.
Residents of Odessa had a lot to say concerning this issue.
"Actually we're the ones hurting ourselves, we throw the trash out the window, we have to live in it you know? It's our fault," said Jesse Vallenzuela.
One resident in the South Side of town, told us that it's hard to believe that Odessa will be cleaned up.
"You know, we don't actually have anybody up there looking out for this community regardless of what our City Council Member or Representative says."
Matai wants the citizens of Odessa to know that the City is trying to tackle community issues, such as the trash issue, but the community help is needed to make changes.
If you have any questions or need more information, you can check out the organizations website at www.Odessa-TX.gov.