Ozark cracks down on trash can violators

OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) -- Some people in Ozark are talking trash and they're fed up.

That’s because Ozark is cracking down on its trash can ordinance.

Ozark Mayor Bob Bunting said, "People should take pride in their yard to take pride in their home and they should respect their neighbors."

The mayor wants to beautify Ozark, so he's enforcing the trash ordinance.

But some residents who live in Ozark tell News 4, garbage cans should be the least of Ozark's problems.

Resident Erica Casey said, “If we want to make Ozark more beautiful it's not necessary the residential areas but we need to work on filling the buildings like this one behind me. We have so many vacant spaces. We have so many opportunities to bring businesses and jobs here and I think that's how we're going to make our town more appealing not burdening the citizens of Ozark."

So how does the ordinance work?

Residents have 24 hours before they have to bring their trashcan from the road all the way to their house before a possible fine is issued of $1 all the way up to $500 maybe even a possible court appearance. "

Resident Deborah Baitman said, "For a lot of the residents in Ozark that's your rent for the month or your car payment or your mortgage and you have single parents moms that work at the hospital that have to be there 12 13 hours a day and they can't afford that."

Another main concern some have is how elderly people can cope, the mayor says they don't have to worry.

"We will stop the garbage truck we'll go behind your house we will get your garbage can out and take it to the street dump it into the truck and then return it to the back of the house."

The mayor has partnered with the police department to drive by neighborhoods on Saturdays while officers are patrolling the streets for crime and while they're at it, they'll enforce this trash can ordinance.

Starting November 1st people will get a warning for the first time and then after that fines will follow.

Here is a link if you want to check out the ordinance.
http://www.ozarkalabama.org/ozark/CityDepartments/PublicWorks/GarbageTrash/tabid/96/Default.aspx



 
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