Longview, Texas (FOX51) — Improvements are coming to Longview neighborhoods in the Spring Hill area as part of the RENEW! Longview initiative: Resources Enriching Neighborhoods through Empowerment Works. Throughout October, the City of Longview is partnering with Spring Hill ISD, as well as other organizations and community volunteers to help make a difference in the area. The ultimate goal of RENEW! Longview is to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods by utilizing a variety of crime prevention, social, and environmental methods that includes support from several City of Longview departments, nonprofit organizations, volunteers, and neighborhood residents.
According to Police Area Representative Officer Chris Clayton, “The focus this year is a pretty large neighborhood in the Spring Hill area of Longview with over 800 different residential properties. We look forward to working together with the neighbors and volunteers from throughout Longview.”
During the project, work will focus on the neighborhoods to the west of Gilmer Road, to the north of Blake Drive, to the East of Teri Lynn Drive, and to the south of Alta Drive. City crews have already begun cleaning streets and drainage ways. Sanitation crews will be picking up heavy limbs and bulky trash.
Environmental Health will be working with residents to address junk vehicles, stray animals, or other concerns. Low cost rabies vaccinations will be offered on the final weekend of October. The Police Department will bring in officers on foot and bicycle patrol. The fire department will offer home safety inspections to help identify dangers and prevent damage.
On Monday, September 23, police officers and other city representatives will be in the neighborhood talking with residents and identifying problems that need to be addressed.
Volunteer cleanup days will occur on each Saturday during October. Volunteers will be in the area assisting residents with various problems. Dumpsters will be in place in the vicinity. Bulk items can be placed at the curb for bulky item pickup.
On Saturday, October 26 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., a neighborhood block party will be held on Clyde Street to celebrate the accomplishments achieved during the RENEW! Longview project.
Neighborhood residents are encouraged to contact the Longview Police Department at 903-237-1199 or contact Police Area Representative Chris Clayton at 903-424-6212. To volunteer for the project, contact the City of Longview Volunteer Center at 903-237-1390. For more information about the RENEW! Longview project, please visit LongviewPolice.com or LongviewTexas.gov.
About RENEW! Longview:RENEW! Longview is a coordinated effort between various city departments, community organizations, and volunteers. The City of Longview conducted the RENEW! Longview initiative in the Stamper Park neighborhood in May 2009 and in the Birdie Park in November 2012. The City of Longview hopes to continue the effort in other areas of the community in the future.