Too much garbage on our streets
Dear Editor: An open letter to Cornwall city council, I read with interest your desire to have citizens get involved in our budget process, … “How they would like to see their property tax dollars ‘invested’ in community services.” This is not the medium you requested for input, but should still suit your purposes.
A very big problem we have in Cornwall is too much garbage in/on our streets. The courses of this problem are: a) residents putting their garbage to the curb too early, so birds and animals tear open the bags and garbage gets strewn onto the street. Additionally, too many people fail to secure the garbage properly with the same consequences.
b) residents putting out blue boxes: 1too early and 2- that are overflowing and not secured properly.
If this unsightly problem can be eliminated our community would be a much better place for all, in which to live.
Is there a way to deal with this issue? so.
Certainly some education would help, eg: information with the tax bills. However, I think something stronger is required. A penalty system should be implemented. The first offence would carry a warning; second offence, a $25. fine; third offence, a $100 fine.
New by-laws or amendments to may be needed.
Some resources would be required to do this, however, fines would offset the costs at least in the early period.
If any readers out there think this idea has any merit, let a member of council know how you feel.
existing Dick Aubry,