Russellville City Council women Darlene Gooch wants to know if there is anything that can be done to help keep large items of trash off the city streets, especially during events that are held bringing in out-of-town guests.
“Is there is anything we can do to the thoroughfares coming into our city?” said Gooch at Tuesday’s City County Meeting. “It just looks really bad when people are coming in from out-of-town and see mattresses and other things piled up on the sides of the streets”
Gooch said she is aware that the city’s code enforcement officer cannot be everywhere on the weekends to make sure this doesn’t occur, but wondered if a policeman could stop and put something on the doors of those who have these things piled up on the curb. She suggested possibly ticketing those who do this if by the next day the items are not disposed of.
Mayor Mark Stratton understands Gooch’s request, but did say that when you start talking about ticketing citizens, that is another can of worms altogether and would require the city to pass an ordinance.
Councilman Bill Decker, who was a former code enforcement officer for the city, said there were a couple of things that could be done to help alleviate this type of action.
“We can advise people on our website not to put this type of stuff out onto the curb until the night before when the trash can is put out. Let people know not to put it out three or four days early and that way it is picked up in a timely manner,” said Decker.
When Decker served as code enforcement officer, he used to place request notices on doors letting citizens know the city would not be picking up certain items that were placed on the street curb and giving them enough time to properly dispose of the items before issuing a notice of violation (NOV).
“I think if we just let the public know about putting these items out the night before their trash is picked up, that may help,” said Decker, who mentioned Scott Waste has been very helpful in picking up larger items.
“It’s really about taking pride in your city,” said mayor Stratton. “I don’t know any other way to put this. You have to have some pride in where you live. When you know things are going on in the city, you should want everything to look nice and neat.”
Stratton mentioned the city could give a heads-up to the citizens through the web-page, the radio and the newspaper when events such as the Tobacco Festival are coming up. This way people can tidy up a bit.
“We’ve got a lot of people coming in and spending their money here during these big events. Cleanliness is a reflection on our city as a whole. Contrary to a lot of people’s belief, the cleaning up of this whole city in not always the City of Russellville’s job. You’ve got to do your own part,” said Stratton.
Gooch noted the first and third Saturdays of the month are free dump day at the landfill on Coopertown Road.
“We have free dump days, so if you have these things then that’s when you need to deal with them and not leave it to sit on the side of the curb hoping someone else is going to pick it up for you,” said Gooch.