It was day one of two of the annual Neighborhood Blitz. Twenty-six houses, playgrounds and a pavilion are being repainted during the community service event.
It caused for a quiet City Hall today. The employees reported to work in jeans, t-shirts and tennis shoes with a different task on the agenda.
Neighborhood Services Director, Bob Salas, said, “We basically come out here and try to spruce up the neighborhood. It’s a part of the neighborhood revitalization we have planned for the city.”
It is the sixth year for the blitz.
Planning Manager, A.J. Fawver's was assigned to the Paseo. Her and others helped repaint the pavilion.
“Well you know, it’s nice to be able to get outside away from a desk and do something that impacts the community,” A.J. said.
She worked side-by-side with Civic Events personnel, Fort Concho employees and the Budget Department. Fawver said, “It’s kind of like a reunion in a way, we all get together, have lunch, catch up with people.”
Less than a mile away, employees were bonding with more than their fellow city employees.
Salas explained, “They never get a chance to deal with the public directly this is a great chance for them to do that.”
Three homes on Avenue N were renovated, among others. The city approached the owners and offered new siding along with a paint job for free. The paint was applied today. Mary Liles is the owner of one of the homes. She inherited from her mom. She said she was so appreciative of the city employees and thanked them in her own way. “Refried burritos with cheese and hot sauce. I made 16 of them, I said I’m sorry if everyone doesn’t get one but that’s all I have right now,” Liles said.
She said that making them burritos was the least she could do after being blessed by their efforts.
“I appreciate the city so much. All of the people that came to work were excellent,” Mary stated.
A.J. said their work today pays off in a different way, “We do a lot of work and we go home and know that we’re working towards something that you don’t see the reality of it in front of you and when we leave today and we can drive by this building and see the impact that we made.”
The city wanted to thank Habitat for Humanity. They donated all of the paint that was used in the Neighborhood Blitz.