By G. Dale Fullerton
During this cleanup, elderly, disabled or special needs residents, are asked to call City Hall by noon on Thursday, April 1 to be added to the curbside pickup list. The convenience site located at the City Barn will be open Monday, April 5, through Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all other residents. Items that will not be accepted at the convenience site include: tires, batteries, shingles, liquid paint, hazardous waste, or anything with freon.
With the cleanup in mind, summer fast approaching we would also like to share some of the areas that we receive the most complaints about:
Exterior property: areas should be kept clean, safe and in sanitary condition. Some of the most frequent exterior problems are improper garbage storage, limbs, structural decay, overgrowth of grass, tall weeds and inoperable vehicles. Grass and weeds must be maintained below six inches which includes easements and ally ways (City Code 5-3-1).
Inoperable vehicles: No person shall park, store, leave or permit the parking, storing or leaving of any motor vehicle of any kind which is in an abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, inoperative, rusted, junked or partially dismantled condition, whether attended or not, upon any public or private property within the city for a period of time in excess of seventy-two (72) hours. These vehicles are required to be stored in an enclosed building. These vehicles are unsightly, clutter the neighborhood and provide a home for rodents and are an attractive nuisance for children (City Code 5-4-2). A vehicle can not be parked, stored, stood or otherwise left on any street in the City for a period of time longer than twenty-four (24) hours (City Code 7-4-4 B).
Polly Carts: Place the container near the street/curb on the night before and remove the container from curbside on the same day your trash is picked up (City Code 9-4-6).
Well maintained residential neighborhoods and business districts areas have proven to increase property values, provide a higher standard of living, and promote community pride. This is our city. If we work together, small actions can lead to a big impact.
By G. Dale Fullerton