Keep it Clean

Keep it clean is a GPNA initiative to provide local residents, land lords, businesses and other organizations with the necessary information to help them (you) help yourselves with keeping the GPNA area clean and in compliance with the cities standards for:

Housing

The main issues in the GPNA area are trash and un-kept housing. The best part is that these two concerns are both no cost or low cost to resolve. Should these matters not be resolved, the city will assist with the clean up and charge the resident large fines and fees. The following are a few of the major violations that are the most commonly seen.

  • Trash/recycle or garbage cans/ mattresses on the front porch of the house.
  • Furniture on the front porch of the house or in yard.
  • Trash in the yard or garage.
  • Broken windows in house or garage.
  • Unregistered or inoperable vehicles in the driveway.
  • Lawn not being maintained, snow not being shoveled from sidewalks.
  • Chipping paint on the house.
  • Garage doors broken (off track).

Interestingly enough most neighborhood associations have an annual dumpster day, where residents can unload as much of their trash as they would like, large and small, to include furniture, appliances and mattresses. Also, the city offers a free yard waste dump, and there are a lot of trash removal small businesses in the area that will take away full truck loads of trash at little cost. So, all in all, there is no reason to have trashed yards.

On the other side of housing issues are the structural problems that need fixing, and there are several organizations available that offer low to no cost solutions to resolve many of these problems. To mention a few; Home Repair Services, Light House Communities, The Habitat Rehab store, Inner City Christian Federation and others as funding comes and goes.

Contacts

  • Home Repair Services: (616) 241-2601
  • Light House Communities: (616) 451-9140
  • The Habitat ReStore: (616) 531-4591
  • ICCF: (616) 336-9333

What to do if...

  • My neighbors house/ yard/ porch/ garage is in disrepair?
  • My neighbors house/ yard/ porch/ garage has trash?
  • There is a vehicle illegally parked or has not moved on over 72 hours from the street?
  • Our street has pot holes.
  • There is graffiti on a building/ structure/ garage/ house.

What is the resolution process?

Graffiti removal:                     

Once you contact GPNA we will remove the graffiti or work with the city to have it removed. We will handle smaller tags, letting the city resolve large issues.

Housing:                                

Once reported to GPNA we will verify with photos, report the violations to the city, the city will then send a letter to the owner allowing 2-4 weeks to resolve.Upon the resolution date GPNA will inspect for compliance. If there is compliance the case will be closed, should the issue not be resolved it will be reported back to the city and referred to an inspector which begins a long legalprocess for resolution.

Abandoned vehicle:                

Once reported to GPNA we will verify and report the vehicle to the city police. GRPD will then tag the vehicle with a 48 hour orange sticker, after 48 hours the vehicle will be towed at the owners expense.

Pot Holes:                              

Once verified, GPNA will report to city Streets and Sanitation for resolution.

Vacant houses:

GPNA will attempt to make contact with the home owner to determine reason for vacancy. We will then work to monitor the home.