Coun­cil ad­dresses nu­siance weeds, stor­age of trash bins

The Weekly Vista - - News - KEITH BRYANT kbryant@nwadg.com

The City Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved an or­di­nance to amend sec­tions 18-20(A) of city code reg­u­lat­ing nui­sances.

Ap­proval came dur­ing its reg­u­lar meet­ing Mon­day evening.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port at­tached to this agenda item, the city code did not pre­vi­ously in­clude any ob­jec­tive height at which weeds are con­sid­ered to con­sti­tute a nui­sance. With this amend­ment, that height is set at 10 inches.

Ad­di­tion­ally, ac­cord­ing to that re­port, the ad­di­tion of Repub­lic-is­sued trash bins has re­sulted in some de­bate about where the bins are to be placed when they aren’t street-side for pickup. The reg­u­la­tion, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, spec­i­fied when trash bins could be out by the street, but not where they needed to go out­side of that win­dow.

Al­der­man John Flynn sug­gested a fur­ther amend­ment to this or­di­nance at the meet­ing, which passed unan­i­mously be­fore the or­di­nance it­self was passed, and fo­cused on spec­i­fy­ing where trash bins can be placed.

Res­i­dents in R1 zones, he said, should have the op­tion to store garbage con­tain­ers in a garage, any lo­ca­tion screened from pub­lic view or be­hind the front plane of the house.

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