North Church Street gets facelift |

North Church Street gets facelift

Limbs fell, trash was unearthed and rats ran away when the Washington Ridge inmate hand crew cut back brush on North Church Street in Grass Valley Wednesday as part of a neighborhood cleanup effort.

Working with CalFire and the Department of Corrections, Grass Valley Police oversaw the effort Wednesday morning, cutting back brush hanging over the street and clearing out trash entangled in the vegetation.

“Working with this crew is a great savings for the city and it helps the neighborhood, especially safety,” Capt. Dave Remillard said. “It’s letting a lot more light in and we’re finding stuff in there that hasn’t been seen for a long time.”

After the crew cut down the brush, it was loaded into a city dump truck and swept up with a street sweeper, Remillard added.

The neighborhood has recently received extra attention from police, netting 275 calls for service in the summer months, and the cleanup is part of a larger effort to better the area.

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