Calls for entry in Memphis code violations and litter awareness - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Calls for entry in Memphis code violations and litter awareness campaign

(Source: Memphis Public Works Department) (Source: Memphis Public Works Department)
(Source: WMC Action News 5) (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The City of Memphis Public Works Department is holding a video contest with cash prizes. They are trying to raise awareness about the most common code violations. 

The Neighborhood Improvement Department of Public Works is inviting Memphis residents to submit a 30 second public service announcement (PSA) video to highlight the “Most Common Code Violations and Littering Campaign.”

“It’s very disgusting, very disgusting,” said Martin Duroncela, describing the Ivy Chase Apartments behind his home in Hickory Hill. The run-down property is full of city code violations, boarded windows and doors and trash. He said he’s called 311 and reported the problems.

“The officer told me that ‘You keep reporting it because this is your neighborhood, and if you don’t report it, we don’t know and we can’t respond,” said Durancela.

It’s this very reason that the City of Memphis Public Works Department is trying to raise awareness through a public service announcement contest.

The PSA will provide information on what can be done about litter, high weeds and other code violation topics. The goal is to promote keeping people accountable in neighborhoods, reporting violations and keeping Memphis clean.

The contest opened on July 17th and closes August 31st.  The winner will be announced on September 8th.  Prize money will be awarded to the entrant(s) of the winning PSA videos. 1st Place:  $1,000. 2nd Place:  $750. 3rd Place: $500

To learn more about the Most Common Code Violations & Litter Awareness Campaign, read “A Citizen’s Guide to a Cleaner Memphis" from Memphis City Beautiful here

If you’re interested in participating in the contest, visit the City of Memphis Public Works Facebook Page.

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