Cleaning Up the Yards in Big Spring

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - "Clean up" or "Pay the Consequences." Those are the message from the City of Big Spring. The city is reminding people to keep their lawns clutter free.

Earlier this month, the city sent out a notice urging people to clean up their yards. If the trash isn't gone by Friday, some residents will have to pay the price.

"Citations can include up to a $2,000 fine per day that is a violation," Big Spring Code Enforcement Officer, Chad Averette, said.

It's a steep price to pay if you don't clean up.

The city is asking everyone to rid their lawns of furniture, appliances that don't work and a laundry list of other items. City officials say they'll even come and pick them up for you.

"It gives them a way to take care of the problem rather than just letting them know they have one. They actually have a way of getting it taken care of," Averette said.

There's also a designated day to pick up the trash in each district.

"We don't want to give citations. We want to have compliance. Citations doesn't help the community. Our goal is to make Big Spring a beautiful place to live, that's what we are here for," Averette said.

People who live in Big Spring say it's a good way to keep the city looking good.

"It will help a lot people start cleaning out more and make Big Spring look a lot better," One Big Spring resident, said.

"Yes, I think its a good idea because they make the people clean their yards and it looks better they look prettier than what they are right now," another Big Spring resident, said.

So far this is only effective for District one, but each month they plan to target a different district until they get the entire city cleaned up.

If you have any questions, you can call them at 432-264-2505.