County officials commend clean-up, lament lack of code enforcement

NORWICH – A new Social Services activity that offers welfare recipients the opportunity to volunteer for clean up projects was welcomed by Chenango County government officials this week.

At a presentation Monday before the full board of supervisors, Employment Unit Director Misty Davis said six volunteers had been cleaning sites in New Berlin, Norwich, McDonough and Preston, as well as growing a vegetable garden for use by various agencies that serve the poor. The new program could be extended through the fall and winter, she said.

“We have a very difficult population of clients right now,” Davis said, explaining that there were more from generational poverty, more who have been on public assistance for a long period of time and more who have high medical limitations. This activity is designed to make individuals job ready by teaching them cooperation skills and how to work with others, she said.

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