TANEYTOWN — Mayor Henry Reindollar Monday issued a proclamation that kicks off acampaign to encourage city residents to clean up their yards.
Dubbed "Take Pride In Your Property," the program allows residents a 45-day grace period to cut overgrown grass and weeds and to remove debris, accumulated junk, abandoned vehicles and other items.
The program, which began Monday, coincides with the city's annualspring cleanup week, slated to begin May 4.
Disposable items, such as overstuffed chairs, bedsprings and appliances, that are not normally picked up trash haulers will be collected by city workers Mondayand Thursday of that week.
Residents are asked to place the itemsat the curbside.
City Joseph Mangini Jr. said that after the program ends, Police Chief Melvin Diggs, Mangini and city code enforcement officer Lavern Smith will patrol the city to issue citations to anycode violators.
"We're really trying to help people," Mangini said. "I hope we get phone calls from people asking about cleanup. We want them to get rid of stuff."
Mangini said he has seen various code violations, including abandoned vehicles and high weeds, since he assumed the city manager post earlier this year. So far, he and the code enforcement officer have been too busy with other matters to address the violations, Mangini said.
"I could spend one day a week talking to people about cleaning up their yards, removing abandoned vehicles and debris," Mangini said. "I've seen violations, but we just haven't been able to do anything about it yet."
He said that after the 30-day cleanup campaign, residents will have 15 days to bring their yards up to code.
Then, city officials will begin issuing citations, which begin at $25 and increase each day.
In other matters, the council:
* Issued a resolution honoring former city manager Neal W. Powell, who retired earlier this year.
Powell also served as a city councilman and as a member of the county Board of Education.
* Rejected all bids for a project to widen Roberts Mill Road.
The project has been delayed because of development set to begin in that areas. Construction trucks would run any road improvements.
* Delayed acting on bids for solid waste removal, pending the outcome of bids sought by a consortium of the county's municipalities.