Don't let complainers deter cleanup effort
Athens City Council President Harold Wales said he received complaints this week about the city's increased enforcement of clean community violations.
That is no surprise. Those issued citations for junk vehicles or weeds and litter violations often complain.
Frequently unheard and unreported, however, are the praises of neighbors.
For every resident angered by a citation, there are likely several who are pleased at the city's action, including neighbors and those who pass by unsightly yards on a regular basis.
While increased code enforcement may seem politically risky due to the complaints by owners of the cited property, city officials need to keep in mind that, for every complaint about a citation, there are probably at least three other residents (and voters) who are pleased with the enforcement action.
Keep up the good work, Athens.