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Aug 09

A few questions on recycling.

Posted on August 9, 2018 at 9:05 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

My questions regard recycling: Do staples need to be removed from paper placed in the single stream recycling bin? How about the metal clasps on large mailing envelopes? Can "window" envelopes be recycled - those with transparent plastic on the front for the address to show through? Can metal lids from glass jars (e.g. salsa, mustard, jams, etc.) be recycled?


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Aug 03

What is the City's Position on Panhandlers?

Posted on August 3, 2018 at 10:55 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

I often encounter panhandlers at the Grand avenue entrance of Walmart. What is the city's position on this? To me it's both an eyesore and potentially dangerous as it distracts drivers entering the parking lot.


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Jul 24

Can the City conduct annual alley and yard inspections?

Posted on July 24, 2018 at 10:20 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

As I recall a few years ago, the City completed an annual alley and yard inspections to assure everyone was maintaining a safe disposal of items that were or could potentially cause hazards. In addition. Anyone who did not keep their alley way clear of trash, tires and debris, or who allowed weeds to grow were given a compliance date and if not in compliance by then, cited with hefty fines. This is a twofold opportunity; we get safer clean backyards and alleys, and the City can glean revenue from non compliant homeowners. The cleanup by date can be followed up with a City pickup for large items scheduled by those who want to avoid he bill, or if they don’t comply, a bill for City clean up. I’ve walked up and down many of the alleys in town, lots of renters have left behind, discarded furniture, mattresses and buckets of paint to name a few items. Can we put this plan or one like it into action?!?! 

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