Litter committee discusses violations with city officials
by Courtney Stevens
Nov 07, 2013 | 1543 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From not leaving trash in yards to parking on hard surfaces, the Mosquito/Litter Control Committee at the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce is working even harder to keep Cleveland beautiful.

Last month the committee discussed different code violations and ordinances regarding parking in yards, blowing grass clippings into the street and homes that have deteriorated.

The committee met on Wednesday with Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell, along with Billy Trodder, code enforcement officer, and Kim Chisolm, assistant director of Community Development, to discuss these violations and how to go about preventing them.

According to Article 8 of the Land Development Ordinance for the city of Cleveland, "no parking or storage of vehicles is allowed in the front yard of any property except on the paved driveway or designated hard-surface parking pad."

According to the Anti-Litter Ordinance Section 3, "No person shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public place within the City except in public receptacles, in authorized private receptacles for collection, or in official City dumps."

According to the ordinance, litter is considered "garbage, refuse, and rubbish as defined herein and all other waste material which, if thrown or deposited as herein prohibited, tends to create a danger to public health, safety, and welfare."

With rubbish being in the definition, it might be beneficial to understand rubbish is "nonpetrescible solid wastes consisting of both combustible and non-combustible wastes, such as paper, wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, wood, glass, bedding, crockery and similar materials."

This definition includes grass, lawn clippings, sticks, branches, and any other things found in a yard.

Therefore, according to this ordinance, it is a code violation to toss lawn clippings into the street.

If the codes are violated then, according to the ordinances, there is a fine of up to $100 and possible jail time.

In order to keep the city clean, Trodder explained to the committee that code violators are given a violation letter and one day to fix their violation.

"A lot of you might have seen notices on cars. These are violation letters and we give them one day to remove the car from the yard. If they don't remove the car then we come back and write a citation and contact the property owner, if it's a rental property, and notify them that it is a violation since they are in charge of the property," said Trodder.

There have been over 60 violations given out in the past month and all of those issued citations have complied.

The committee also reviewed where cars could be parked.

"They have to be parked on a hard surface and cannot be parked in the front yard on grass. A hard surface can be gravel or concrete but the gravel has to be packed," said Chisolm.

Another concern brought up by committee member Bootsie Lyon was garbage cans left on the streets.

She said when garbage cans are left by the street on days that are not trash pick up days, this gives animals the opportunity to rummage through the trash.

The garbage cans can also be blown over in bad weather, causing litter to spread throughout the streets and essentially clogging up storm drains.

The committee suggested to impress upon the public the importance of bringing garbage cans back up to their homes after garbage pick up.

To report any kind of violation or nuisance, call Community Development at 662-843-4601.