Concerned citizens in Yigo have made their voices heard in the name of public safety.
Public safety, cleanliness, and the integrity of village roads are at the forefront of Yigo residents’ minds as they take a stand against village trash and pollution.
On Ramirez street in Yigo, trash and transients have been a problem for some time.
Yigo resident Pam Duvall said: “If you drive down down past the bus stop, past Ramirez street, you will see severe dumping. Something has got to be done. It’s a public health and EPA issue and something has to be done. It’s just dumping and there’s no reason for it.”
No reason because each village mayor was gifted a recycling truck to solve problems like this.
Community activist Ken Leon Guerrero agrees it’s a societal problem.
“It’s a societal problem that needs to be addressed. This is something the mayors should have been on top of. That’s why they have the offices. All politics are local, and mayors’ offices are as local as it gets. They have one job, safety and protection of the residents of their village,” Leon Guerrero said.
Though the mayor’s office has helped out in the past, residents maintain that it’s a systemic problem that requires the public’s help and knowledge to remedy over time.
Residents hope to garner the attention of the mayor who wasn’t in attendance at the meet-up, though he was invited.