|Weston council addresses abuse of annual heavy trash pick-up day|
|Written by By JENISE FOUTS Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Monday, 24 May 2010 10:53|
WESTON - Some changes may be made to the village's semi-annual heavy trash pick-up for residents.
Cathy and John DuBois with Luna Refuse attended council's last meeting and presented a photo taken at one of the village's residences. It showed a mountain of garbage bags which had been set out at the curb for the recent spring pick-up.
"We're going to have to make some restrictions and regulations regarding heavy pick-up," stated Mayor Howard Lashuay, adding, "We're going to have to start clamping down."
Council was informed the bags of trash and garbage had been stored at the resident's house for a year before being brought out for the free pick-up. Members asked if there had been other abuses of the heavy pick-up and if there were safety issues to consider.
The mayor instructed the couple, the next time they see a mountain of trash bags, to just leave them, since taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for it.
Administrator Chris Douglas said he calls it "spring clean up," and Cathy DuBois said 90 percent of the residents complied with normal items to haul for it. She noted the company used four trucks this spring for the one-day villagewide clean-up, and five more tons were picked up this year than last year.
Councilman Mark Sheffer suggested the village give each household two orange bags to fill, apart from the larger items that can't be bagged. Only the two bags would be picked up at each house.
"That'll get rid of your (garbage) bag problem," he said.
Lashuay said the village would work on the issue.
He also reported there is a problem with residents mowing or blowing their grass clippings into the street, up to six inches thick in some gutters. Lashuay noted the village has an ordinance prohibiting residents from leaving anything in the streets.
Sheffer said residents can be cited for breaking the ordinance.
Councilwoman Tammy McClellan confirmed the problem with lawn clippings is that they clog the storm sewer system. She urged members who might be driving around town, and see a resident with clippings in the street, to stop and talk to them about the ordinance.
Sheffer agreed, and urged his peers to approach a resident with, "Just so you know. ..."
Councilman Bill Morey reported the village is looking at $650 for each street light which may be installed on poles behind the buildings on the south end of the business district. He said it was hard for him to drive his car in that area, but Douglas stated it was not an alley for driving, only a right-of-way for the railroad.
Council members were asked to look at the area before a decision is made whether or not to install any street lights there.
Also during the meeting, council:
¥ Heard a request from the Rec Board, through McClellan, for the parking area at School House Park to be shortened to allow for the installation of horse shoe pits.
¥ Heard Douglas will begin mosquito spraying on May 27. The plan is to spray every other week.
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