PoCo parks worker now scouring the streets for litter

A Port Coquitlam city parks worker was reassigned this month to help spruce up the streets.

A Port Coquitlam city parks worker was reassigned this month to help spruce up the streets.

The employee will pick up litter five days a week along sidewalks and other high-pedestrian areas while also taking note of city infrastructure in need of repair.

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The tidiness campaign, which comes in response to a customer satisfaction survey in the lead up to the budget deliberations earlier this year, will concentrate on: downtown; Coast Meridian and Pitt River roads; Dominion Triangle; Westwood, Broadway and Shaughnessy streets; Prairie Avenue; and several routes in the south side Citadel Heights neighbourhood.

The aim is to build community pride and encourage residents to pitch in, said Coun. Darrell Penner, the city’s public works and transportation liaison, in a news release.

Mayor Brad West said in a tweet that no extra taxpayer funds are being used for the initiative.

The cleanliness drive comes after the city in July launched a hotline for residents to report bylaw issues such as smoking in parks and garbage violations: the number is 604-927-3111.

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