City workers keeping public garage clean

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Posted: May 21, 2010 4:56 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: May 21, 2010 7:02 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: East Garage, Downtown, Baton Rouge, WBRZ

A followup to a News 2 story from two months ago shows city workers are maintaining a public parking garage downtown.

Numerous complaints came in about the conditions of the East Garage back in March. It is maintained by the Department of Public Works.

Today, our cameras still captured some trash, wet spots and there was still a foul odor. But, people who park here say the conditions are much better than before.

"They've been doing a lot of work keeping garbage cans clean, keeping things off the ground," Jennifer Racca said.

The story we first aired was prompted by a letter to the editor in "The Advocate." Since then, DPW Director Pete Newkirk says his office has worked hard to stay on top of it.

"The biggest problem we had before is we would clean up garages during the day, and at night homeless people would come in," Newkirk said. "We wouldn't get to clean it when people started parking in the morning."

Newkirk said his office is considering restricting access to the garage after hours.

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