PIEDMONT - Newly-appointed Piedmont City Council member Paul Coleman presented a message to those attending the local government meeting on Wednesday evening: “I am concerned about this town.”

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - Newly-appointed Piedmont City Council member Paul Coleman presented a message to those attending the local government meeting on Wednesday evening: “I am concerned about this town.”
He added, “I love this town, and I am here to see Piedmont grow and be successful,” mentioning that the community has gotten away from where it used to be and for a time, “We have sat back and let this town go down.”
Coleman spoke about having pride for Piedmont, but, “Pride has disappeared and is no longer here.
“There are good people in this town, and we kinda went to sleep, but we can return the pride; yes, we can do it,” he said.
“There are no pointing fingers at anyone,” Coleman said, asking that each household clean their own property by cutting the grass and getting rid of the junk on the sidewalk in front of the house.
“We have to get civility back here,” he said, adding that can happen by using love and respect.
He offered an apology to Denny Powers, who was at the council meeting, for the damage done to his building, which is the former city’s post office, by recently having the windows shot out. They are now boarded up.
Coleman said the city’s employees can’t do it all due to them concentrating on what duties they have with the water and sewerage systems.
He suggested perhaps it could be possible to borrow the street sweeper from Westernport to help accomplish the clean-up process.
Ernie Crouse, Piedmont’s maintenance foreman, also had a suggestion with getting the EPA involved, with that agency supplying a dumpster for trash and junk and then hauling it away.
Rick Butler, street commissioner, said to Coleman about the efforts to clean up the city, “This has been our goal for a long time, and now we have new blood here.”
Coleman said, “There is new blood and we can revive the old blood” to assist with this project.
He said, “Piedmont is my home; this is my town, and I am not leaving.”
Coleman said to start to return pride to Piedmont, a clean-up day is needed, and “I will head that up.”
Mayor Ben Smith said to Coleman, “You take the lead and I will be right there with you, while Butler and others said, “and so will we.”
Coleman wants the community churches and citizens to get involved with the clean-up, and those willing to assist may get in touch with him.
This item will be on the next Piedmont agenda to start making plans to set a date to get the process going for cleaning up the city.
Coleman said that when all the work is completed, “We will have something; we will have a clean town.”