A collaborative project between law enforcement and residents cleared two southwest Modesto neighborhoods of blight over the weekend.
Saturday, employees from the Modesto Police Department and the city, along with community volunteers, cleaned up near Shackelford Elementary School and Hanshaw Middle School. Volunteers and staff members cleared about 180,000 pounds of trash from the area, including 639 tires.
The cleanup was initiated shortly after the area was annexed by Modesto. A patrol officer working in the neighborhood noticed many of the alleyways and vacant properties had become littered with debris. He wanted to make the area safer and less desirable to criminals.
Police personnel worked with Hugo Ramirez, the city’s community development program specialist, to coordinate with city departments and community groups to provide the tools, supplies and volunteers.