Village council is tired of all the garbage — that is, the large garbage pickups when couches, furniture, and other bulk items sometimes sit on curb and tree lawns for weeks at a time.
“Surprisingly, as mayor one of the most important and numerous phone calls you get is complaints of garbage,” said mayor Hans Schneider.
Complaints stem from people putting out large streetside pickups well in advance of the monthly pickup times, which are only the first Thursday of each month.
According to the village utilities department, residents are allowed to place large trash pickups out the night before the first Thursday of the month.
They are allowed their two trash cans, called totes, and an additional three other cans or up to six garbage bags. Large bulk items such as couches and other furniture are also allowed to be placed out in the pickup.
The utility department doesn’t specify the quantity of bulk items that can be placed for the large monthly garbage pickup provided by Republic Services.
The large garbage pickup is included in the monthly $6.75 refuse fee, which is $6.25 for seniors.
“We have to figure out how to put some teeth into it,” said Schneider. He suggested giving a 24-hour warning and then billing the landlord for having the refuse company come and pick up the trash.
“If we throw that onto your utility bill will that stop it? Likely,” the mayor said.
Council president Sandy Denes, however, cautioned: “We don’t make the landlords responsible for tenant’s utilities. I don’t know how you’re going to make them responsible for this.”
“It’s a revolving door with these tenants and it’s the same people making the same phone call because the garbage is sitting out there for three weeks,” said council member Mark Bughman. “That’s what our constituents say and they beat on me about it.”
Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.
Photo by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise
Council members are considering fines for large trash pickup and bulk items that sit on tree lawns weeks at a time.