We applaud Gloversville officials for taking more steps in the battle against blight.
The city is trying to give residents a way to dispose of trash they can't put out on the curb for regular garbage pickup.
On the first weekend of each month from May through October, residents can drop off bulky items behind the Gloversville Transit building on West Fulton Street. The dropoff is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to noon Sundays. The service will be free.
Also at no charge, city Department of Public Works crews will collect bulky items weekly on Wednesdays for one month in each ward.
In addition, the city will lower the fee this summer for residents who need items picked up at other times. The fee will be $45, down from the normal $100. Once payment is secured, the DPW will notify the resident of a date for pickup.
Previously, the limits city government placed on people's ability to get rid of junk inexpensively have done little to help fix the blight problem. City residents have no use of a transfer station. To dump items at the Fulton County landfill, they have to buy a permit.
City officials appear to recognize the need to give people easier ways to clean up their properties.
The new program is a bargain for taxpayers. The cost to provide the weekend dropoff site will be about $12,000, but the service is a worthwhile investment.
Once people start getting rid of junk around their houses, perhaps we'll see more neighborhood improvements, and ultimately, a nicer-looking city.