Trash day will no longer be trash week without incurring fines after the Brazil City Council approved a trash receptacle ordinance at its Tuesday meeting.
Ordinance 2-2005 amends a previous ordinance regarding trash receptacles left in tree rows, sidewalks, streets, or those visible from the street. Any resident violating the ordinance will be fined $50.
The ordinance specifies that trash containers must be in place no earlier than the day before the designated trash collection day, and must be removed from tree rows, sidewalks, the street or the household's property or residence in such a manner that it is visible from a public street by the end of the usual or rescheduled trash collection day.
Councilwoman Pat Heffner sponsored Ordinance 2-2005, the first part of which has been in place since 1999, Mayor Tom Arthur said. Heffner, along with Councilwoman Ann Bradshaw, pointed out that language previously in the ordinance, which stipulated no trash receptacles could be placed before 6 a.m. and must be removed after 6 p.m. on the designated trash pickup day, was cause for concern among elderly residents and those with late work schedules.
"Our problem is when it gets set out on Monday when trash day is Thursday," Arthur said. "This ordinance only pertains to containers."
Councilman Jim Sheese asked about grass clippings, and those residents who may have difficulties moving them about themselves if trash collection is later in the week. In that instance, persons may call the city for scheduling, the Mayor said.