Mayor Sarno stated, “I want to thank Sheriff Nick Cocchi and his team for once again stepping up for our residents and the community. Some concerned residents shared their concerns about litter along our streets and tree belts and asked what they could do and what the City could do to clean up their neighborhoods. Sheriff Cocchi quickly answered the call for help and offered to coordinate a cleanup crew to go out into the community to pick up the litter and debris. This Day of Action will help improve the quality of life across our neighborhoods and I cannot thank Sheriff Cocchi enough for his continued commitment and dedication to our beloved Springfield.”
“This Day of Action is just one way we aim to give back to the community which we exist to serve,” said Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi. “We have our emergency response team on hand should we encounter someone struggling with addiction and we already have inpatient beds reserved with a partner agency should we need them. We are here to help and we are proud to be working hands-on in the streets of Springfield to further beautify an already beautiful city.”
“I also want to thank Department of Public Works Director Chris Cignoli, and Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management Executive Director Patrick Sullivan for coordinating the logistics on the City end,” Mayor Sarno added. “In addition, I want to express our appreciation to our residents, business community, and neighborhood councils and associations for all they do in making sure our neighborhoods are clean. It takes a team effort in keeping our community clean and safe and none of us can do it alone.”
The cleanup crews will be hitting the following locations:
- The X in Forest Park – Belmont Ave and Dickinson Street area
- Bay/McKnight/Pine Point - Bay Street to Roosevelt Ave
- East Springfield – Page Blvd to St. James Blvd
- Indian Orchard – Pasco Road to Goodwin Street
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the Neighborhood Day of Action will only include the crews from the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Springfield, as we continue to follow and adhere to all public health and safety guidelines. It is the intention of the City of Springfield and the Sheriff’s Department to include our residents, businesses, and neighborhood councils and associations in future events where social distancing guidelines and gathering limitations, as ordered by the State in response to the pandemic are no longer in place.
The Hampden County Day of Action will be replicated in other local communities in the coming months, according to Sheriff Cocchi.