NORWICH – From 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday, July 17, City of Norwich Mayor Shawn Sastri will be doing his part to clean up the city by returning abandoned shopping carts to their respective stores.
Sastri is asking those who know the location of abandoned carts to call or text his cell phone, 607-316-4013, with the location of the cart and he will ensure its return.
"The image of our city is important to local residents and business owners. Stray shopping carts throughout the city is unattractive. The past few months I have been focusing on managing the city through a pandemic. This is one way in a few short hours I can make an impact on our city," said Sastri.
Representatives from the city’s government have been returning abandoned shopping carts for years. Not just to keep the city looking its best, but as a way to encourage city residents to also take initiative.
City meeting minute records indicate that abandoned shopping carts have been an issue in the city dating back to at least 1998 when multiple residents addressed the council asking for a resolution.