Trash rules notification plan is due for revision Westminster council wants flexibility

January 12, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

Westminster City Council President William F. Haifley won one and lost one last night in his effort to build flexibility into a proposed ordinance that would require landlords to notify tenants of city trash pickup schedules and regulations.

The council returned the proposed ordinance to the staff for revision. But the consensus favored Mr. Haifley's proposal to scrap a section that would have required landlords to post refuse regulations in apartment kitchens.

Council members rejected the council president's suggestion that the required notification could be either verbal or in writing. Giving tenants a written copy of the regulations wouldn't put an undue burden on landlords, a majority of the council concluded.

At the Dec. 14 council meeting, Mayor W. Benjamin Brown proposed requiring landlords to notify tenants of refuse regulations and schedules. The mayor contended that in apartments with frequent turnovers, new tenants simply don't know what dayto put trash out for curbside pickup.

Mr. Haifley, himself a landlord, criticized the kitchen notice requirement as "a little ridiculous and unenforceable." He suggested that if tenants at a specific location are found violating existing trash regulations, "then you deal with that problem."

Councilman Stephen R. Chapin Sr., also a landlord, asked how Mr. Brown's proposal would affect landlord or tenant liability for violations of trash regulations.

Mr. Brown's answer was that if the tenant is unaware of trash pickup schedules and rules, city officials will have to deal with the landlord. The original proposal sets fines up to $100 for landlords who fail to notify tenants.

The mayor said the purpose "is not to fine anyone. It's to disseminate information."

Council members agreed that landlords should not be required to give each new tenant a copy of the city's trash ordinance. A synopsis of trash pickup schedules, recycling rules, types of containers and times when trash can be placed at the curb should be adequate, said Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan.

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