Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Harrisburg Officials to Cleanup Around City Lake
HARRISBURG -- Harrisburg leaders are trying to clean up around the city lake. They're targeting properties that are run down or abandoned and have become eyesores at the recreation area.
The lake's peaceful atmosphere draws people in but not everyone is taking care of their homes.
"People live out of state, just come down on the weekends possibly once a year and they don't deal with them or anything," said Zula Summers, Harrisburg Lake resident.
The city owns the property's 120 lots, each is leased for three years. Officials say several homes on the lake are rundown and/or abandoned.
"Unfortunately we feel there are some lots that have been abandoned and haven't been used for quite some time, some of the trailers aren't being maintained," Harrisburg Commissioner Dale Fowler said.
A home in bad shape and a lot full of debris violates the lease, renters can be fined and the lease can even be terminated. Fowler says he hopes it doesn't have to get to that point.
"We are asking the lessees to adhere to their leases and clean up some of the areas that really need to be cleaned up," Fowler explained.
It's part of an overall effort to beautify the entire city. Even though the lake is ten miles away from town, it's still a part of Harrisburg.
"This is a great resource that we have in the city of Harrisburg. This lake is just a beautiful lake that we all should be proud of," Fowler said.
The cleanup around the lake is one phase of the city's beautification project.
Officials also plan to re-do downtown Harrisburg and improve the landscaping around the new bypass.
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