Messenger photo by Dianne Garrett
It’s ten feet high and 300 feet long. Whitehall neighbors are hoping that the fencing installed at the end of Etna Road at Maplewood will deter some of the foot traffic that has caused a spike in crime in the area. Whitehall city crews installed the fence, that used to be located at Lamby Lane Park, the week of April 21 behind two homes in the right of way separating Whitehall and Columbus. The fencing wraps around, closing off the immediate area. Apartment dwellers on the Columbus side on Barnett Road thanked the workers, saying that the trouble makers are not from their complex, but cut through and bother them, as well.
The Whitehall Litter Task Force met April 17 to firm up plans for the annual city wide spring clean- up, which will be held April 28 – May 9. All residents are encouraged to participate.
Fred’s Tire Company will collect scrap tires on May 8. Just set the tires at the front of your property separated from your regular trash, and the company will collect them at no cost.
The city also has two companies who, for a fee, will remove and dispose of refrigerators and air conditioners. You will need to contact Central City Salvage at 276-9617 or Rumpke at 421-0091 to make arrangements.
In cooperation with several companies, the city will also be offering free towing of junk vehicles residents might need removed.
On May 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the city will partner with Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) to sponsor a Household Hazardous Waste drop off at John Bishop Park. This is a good opportunity to drop off all household products that could cause injury, or are harmful if not used, stored or disposed of properly.
Only about 16 percent of Whitehall’s residents recycle. The city would like to see that number boosted to not only clean up the community, but ensure a healthier, safer environment for everyone. Recycling bins are available at city hall for any household in the city that does not have one.
Remember that tree limbs and other yard waste, every trash day of the year, are to be packaged correctly. In order for Rumpke to pick up tree limbs, they must be cut in lengths no longer than four feet and tied into manageable bundles, no more than two feet in diameter and placed at the curb.
Brush and other yard waste may also be placed in containers clearly marked with a yard waste sticker, which can be obtained at city hall. Brush and tree limbs, sorted separately, will be picked up by the city from March 3 – October 17.
The city is making great use of old fencing removed from Lamby Lane in a recycling effort. It is being installed in the right-of-way behind two homes on Etna Road at Maplewood Avenue to deter foot traffic that has sparked a spike in crime in that neighborhood.
The Lamby Lane tennis court will be removed to make way for more greens space for a playground area with benches and picnic tables made of recyclables.
The next Litter Task Force meeting will be May 15 at 2 p.m. in council chambers at city hall. Any questions may be directed to the city’s service department at 237-8612.
To report code violations in your neighborhood, contact code enforcement at 338-3112.