Red Phone: Cleaning up roadside memorials

Red Phone: Low branches need to be cut

Who has the responsibility to clean up the makeshift alters
folks create at sites in town where someone has died?
“Red Phone, Who has the responsibility to clean up the makeshift alters folks create at sites in town where someone has died? Sixth and Forest streets now has melted wax on the new cement, dead flowers and ripped up photos that are not going to clean themselves. Just hoping it does not fall on the city. The folks who made the mess should clean the mess.”

Red Phone: Dear Keep It Tidy, Roadside memorials are a way for family and friends to pay tribute to someone who passed away nearby without having to go to a cemetery. While seeming to be harmless, these memorials can present problems especially if they are not properly maintained. Often city staff will end up cleaning up the area after it has been forgotten about.

“We have cleaned these areas before, just recently at Sixth and Alexander where a fatal accident occurred,” said John Greer, senior maintenance worker. “They should clean it up, but it’s never the case.”

Family and friends should take it upon themselves to keep the area as tidy as possible as a tribute to their loved one. A kept up memorial not only looks good but helps others to avoid cleaning up the area later on.

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