The City of Kermit Will Soon See Changes Made 7/26/13
CBS 7 News
KERMIT-Trash and illegal dumping has been an ongoing problem for the city of Kermit. One resident said he thinks the problem started over 20 years ago when the state shut down their landfill.
Residents say they are ready for a change.
"You see trash laying beside the dumpsters not just pieces of furniture, but garbage bags, it’s everywhere," said Michelle Gerrish.
"To me it would bring more people in. i would love to see it cleaned up," said Alfred Salas.
City Manager Pete Kampfer is working on several solutions to support his on going campaign, Re-Klaim Kermit.
Some of those solutions include locking the city’s bins, so only citizens that are paying for the service get serviced. Another idea is to get poly-bins which are assigned to individual residences to fill, or start up diversion programs which are similar to recycling programs.
Kampfer said in the end he wants to invest correctly the first time around instead of trying to learn by a mistake.
"We have a saying, No Grime No Crime, so it’s all designed in the end towards a focus on reclaiming Kermit to its citizens. We’re going to find ways to make it cleaner, so we have a better reputation as far as a clean and well operated community,” said Kampfer.
Kampfer said that he’s still in the planning stages and nothing is stet in stone, but one thing is for sure, change will happen.