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South Montgomery residents make a difference in their own neighborhood

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HOPE HULL, AL (WSFA) -

Early Saturday morning in the Lagos Del Sol neighborhood in Hope Hull you heard the sounds of a man using a shovel to scrape up weeds on the sidewalk and the sound of a lawnmower.

You also heard Marion Giles' cheerful voice.

"Good morning everyone!" said Giles.

Giles is a long time resident and is disappointed to see her subdivision reduced to vacant homes, high grass and litter.

It's the calling card of neglect and apathy.

"I'm trying to teach these people and educate them on what cleanliness is," Giles said.

Giles spent her day handing out trash bags to just about anyone who wanted to help clean up.

"We're trying to get all this trash up," Giles told a neighbor.

In order for the neighborhood to qualify for state grants, residents had to take action by cleaning up and taking responsibility and do so on a consistent basis. The grants would go a long way to alleviate major flooding issues. Children got in the act of sprucing, too.

And so on this day the hard, sweaty work of scraping and cutting grass was the first step in what many hope is the beginning of a cleaner place to live, one Bernard Johnson wants to be proud of again.

"Hopefully this will improve the neighborhood," said Johnson.

Lee Underwood is counting on the same thing.

"We are determined to make this a better neighborhood,"said Underwood who is the vice president of the Lagos Del Sol Neighborhood Association.

What bothered Johnson the most is the fact many residents who've come and gone just didn't care.

"Look at this.. this house is really bad shape and I can't tell you the last time the grass got cut," he said.

Despite the Herculean task of getting Lagos Del Sol back in shape, Miguel Lopez, for one, sees hope. In fact, Lopez says he is in the process of buying the very home he is cleaning up and renovating. 

"It's a good neighborhood. That's why I'm cleaning it up and plan to start living here," said Lopez. 

The Montgomery County Commission has helped by filling in a giant sinkhole and is working to assist residents with drainage issues. 

Although this is only day one, people like Marion Giles, Bernard Johnson, Lee Underwood and Miguel Lopez feel they are making a difference.. block by block.

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