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Clean Team aims to get trash off the streets

The Clean Team wants Selma to know that starting today they’re on the lookout.

The team is composed of Selma Code Enforcement Officer Henry Hicks, General Services Director Marcus Hopkins and Litter Control Officer Clyde Carter.

Hicks said that the reason for the team is so that any code violation can be handled on the spot.

Examples of code violations would be abandoned cars, litter and signs on utility poles.

Those are just a few of things that the Clean Team will be looking for during its twice-monthly sweeps through the city.

Hicks said that he was trying to make people aware of the codes and that they’ll be enforced. Keeping the codes enforced not only helps residents and the community, he said, but also is helpful in having industries move to the area.

Hopkins said that some things the team will be looking at is garbage and trash and how both are disposed of.

Garbage is waste from the kitchen, Hopkins said. Trash is leaves, limbs and shrubbery.

Trash should be placed eight feet from the curb.

Hicks said that garbage should be placed in a container 30 gallons or less.

Garbage is picked up twice a week, Hicks said, and is collected by white trucks. Trash is collected by orange trucks.

Hopkins added that Selma is the only city in Alabama that provides backdoor service two times a week.

At first only warnings will be handed out to people in violation of the codes, said Hicks. However, second offenses will receive fines.

Hicks said that the push for the creation of the Clean Team came about because of the different natures of violations. If he found a violation that wasn’t in his department, Hicks said, he’d have to contact the appropriate department.

Hicks wouldn’t say what part of Selma the Clean Team would start in.