Neighborhoods Matter program resumes Tuesday

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Cumberland Times-News, July 27, 2012

City staffers will visit residents door-to-door

CUMBERLAND — The city of Cumberland will resume its Neighborhoods Matter program Tuesday with staff visiting residents door-to-door to provide guidance on a range of issues that affect their neighborhoods.

The program was started last year at the urging of Mayor Brian Grim.

“Last year Mayor Grim challenged city staff to reach out to help residents identify and address specific needs in their neighborhoods,” said City Administrator Jeff Rhodes. “As we visited each neighborhood, we found that residents were appreciative of being able to talk directly with a staff person who could provide helpful information and expert guidance to help them address concerns dealing with home ownership, property maintenance, neighborhood blight or safety issues. This program has been beneficial to the city as well as the residents and we are looking forward to gearing up again next Tuesday,” Rhodes added.

City staff will work throughout August, September and October to visit more than 30 streets to discuss neighborhood needs and concerns dealing with property maintenance, street conditions, fire and crime prevention, nuisance and blight concerns, or other issues as they may arise. The Cumberland Fire Department will assist residents with checking or installing smoke detectors as needed.

“Neighborhoods Matter got off to a great start last year and really surpassed everyone’s expectations,” said Grim. “We are looking forward to talking to our residents and expect this year to be even more productive.”