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April 18, 2013

City, community groups ready for Saturday's Beautify Niagara

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Beautification Commission’s annual citywide clean-up is getting some help this year from code enforcement officers who, at the direction of Mayor Paul Dyster, will help 750 volunteers to tidy up Niagara Falls.

The city will focus its code enforcement efforts on the center city area and downtown core during Saturday's clean sweep event. In a release from his office, Dyster said both structural and clean neighborhood ordinances will be enforced.  Dyster said the city plans on executing several more blitzes, each with a specific target area and goal. The effort is being supported with grant funds obtained by the community development department through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Code enforcement and property accountability are top priorities for our citizens,” Dyster said. “The blitzes help us quickly address blight issues block by block.”

Since 2006, the NBC has been organizing the annual Beautify Niagara event, bringing together a diverse group of volunteers to clean up everywhere from downtown to the Hyde Park area to LaSalle.

“This year, there are 83 different groups, and over 750 individual volunteers,” long-time event supporter and organizer Norma Higgs said. “You have to continuously stay on top of it because every day more people sign up. It’s a big job, but it’s easy enough because I do it every year.”

The “Blight Blitz”, as Dyster is calling it, kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Volunteers will gather under the arch at the Third Street entrance to the Seneca Niagara Casino before the cleanup begins.

“The NBC is bringing together over 700 dedicated citizens, giving their free time to make our city better,” Dyster said. “This year our volunteers will be joined by code enforcement officers targeting commercial and residential blight. We are combining forces for a greater impact and using federal dollars to be cost effective.”

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