NITRO, W.Va.-- Nitro is starting its spring cleaning a little early.
Mayor Dave Casebolt updated the City Council Tuesday night on the steps taken by several departments and the Property Maintenance Committee to clean up the city.
"What we're doing now is, instead of condemning the property, we're going in and doing any work that we can," he said. "If a tree needs to be removed, if the grass is high, if something needs to be done, we're doing it and we're sending [the property owner] a bill."
He said more than 200 property maintenance violations have been issued, and the fire department is following up to ensure compliance.
Last week, city workers demolished a condemned house. This week they took the initial steps to tear down four more.
Police Chief Brian Oxley said his department has issued nearly 100 tow notices for disabled cars left in the street.
Also during the meeting, council members discussed a $300,000 streetscape grant awarded to the city last week by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The money will be used to upgrade sidewalks and streetlights along 21st Street from Bank Street to 2nd Avenue.
Casebolt said the overhead power lines would make the work difficult but that he hopes it will begin sometime this year.
"With all that said, we still have a problem," he said. "We still have a big littering problem."
Casebolt said the police department would now make litter a priority. After an initial warning, people caught littering will be issued a citation.