NEW CASTLE, N.Y. - Beautification Advisory Board members are asking residents to do their part in cleaning up debris scattered throughout New Castle following the snowstorm in October.
"My concern now is for the abandoned piles of branches," said Beautification Advisory Board Co-Chair Monica Dejanosi.
With the town-wide clean-up day on April 28, Dejanosi is hoping to see more emphasis given to cleaning up branches and twigs. She said some have been left on the sides of the roads, piled onto front lawns, dumped into empty lots or discarded between private properties.
"We are aware of the extremely unusual weather of the past year, which caused so much tree damage," said Dejanosi. "The highway department picked up the town's portion. It is not the town's responsibility to remove branches that were hauled out from the backs of gardens and are not on the town's property or its right of way."
Residents who have not discarded branches from the storm may still bring the debris directly to the recycling center on Hunts Lane. Dejanosi said she will also be asking local tree companies to join the board with volunteer pick-ups.
"There is no reason for New Castle to look quite so neglected and unkempt," said Dejanosi. "Let's have some more pride in how our town could and should look."