Volunteers Clean Up Downtown Sidewalks

By Jonathan Cooper | jcooper@kq2.com

Published 08/09 2014 06:56PM

Updated 08/09 2014 10:53PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) On a gray Saturday morning, a group of new volunteers, cleaned up city sidewalks.

"A friend of mine and I were driving around and we noticed that a lot of the sidewalks of a lot of these buildings that are abandoned have not been upkept," said City Councilmember Kent O'Dell.

O'Dell organized the clean up as a way to give back.

"We got a lot of things coming up, Trails West and stuff," he said.

O'Dell recruited fellow Councilmember Joyce Starr to join in.

"He inspired me because he was willing to get out here and to start doing it and then you know he had so many volunteers so many people that followed," she said.

Starr says the council is trying to inspire people to help out and for businesses to keep up the area in front of their building.

"It also is irritating me some of the places and locations," she said. "Something needs to be done."

Starr says she is making a mental note of areas that can be improved around downtown. The council is also discussing ways to get more people to come help as well.

"If we continue to do this, then you won't see so much of it," Starr said.

But in the meantime, O'Dell has some simple advice.

"You see a project that needs to get done, don't talk about it, just go ahead and do it," he said. "Some things don't move too fast in this city and we're working on improving that but you see a project or somebody that needs some help, you get a few people together and you do it."

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