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Canton works to remove unsightly garbage from downtown

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Canton officials are looking at ways to remove unsightly and smelly garbage cans from a street just off the city square.

"If we get a busy weekend in town and we've had a lot of busy weekends, we have a problem with bags hanging out of receptacles," said interim City Manager Glen Cummins. "The odor, of course, is a problem."

CBS46 News saw at least a half-dozen garbage cans lined up along North Street on Thursday. A restaurant along that stretch, The Painted Pig Tavern, said it generates a lot of trash, especially on weekends.

"I'm a bartender and a server," said Anthony Panzica. "I've taken trash out here at least three times on a busy night so yeah, it adds up. It definitely adds up and it smells."

City officials are working with businesses on North Street to come up with a solution. One idea is to put a large dumpster near the businesses but out of sight from the general public.

"It's just one big area of trash," said Panzica. "It needs to all be somewhere else."

The city would also like to have garbage picked up three times a week, not once a week as it currently is.

"We're going to address the problem," said Cummins. "Period, bottom line, one way or another."

In addition to cleaning up North Street, Canton plans to enact tougher code enforcement rules to go after owners of rundown homes. The city currently has one code enforcement officer for 24,000 residents and is hoping to hire at least one more officer.

"He's working full time, all the time and he just has to put out major fires where it is," said Councilman Hooky Huffman. "He can't do the work that we want."

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