MONROE, CT — First Selectman Terry Rooney drove through town last week and noticed trash on the sides of several roads, so he stopped by Public Works Director Chris Nowacki and Deputy Director Bill Phillips’ offices at Monroe Town Hall.
“I said, ‘I know you do cleanups in the spring, but we need to have some pride. The town’s looking like a mess,'” Rooney recalled.
On Monday, public works drivers picked up 10 truckloads of roadside trash from town roads, including Wheeler Road, Pastors Walk, Guinea Road, East Maiden Lane, Jockey Hollow and Turkey Roost roads.
Josh Krize, a crew leader, said full paintings were found over guardrails.
Chris Caulfield, a fellow crew leader, said he picked up 60 bottles of Tito’s vodka, bottles of Corona, Coors Light and shooters.
“It was in the same section of Wheeler Road,” Caulfield said of a 300 foot stretch off Route 111. “Someone who works and goes through there or lives on the street must be doing it.”
Another highway employee found garbage neatly tucked into a guardrail at the end of a resident’s driveway on Jockey Hollow Road.
After Monday’s haul, Krize still expected the DPW to do more clean up work on Tuesday. He encourages residents to be more vigilant about littering in their neighborhoods.
“Pay attention to what’s going on around your neighborhood,” he said. “If you see something, say something.”
“Homeowners have to have pride in their own property,” Rooney added.
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