Neighborhood Guide to Go Green & Clean - Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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Contact: Val Keller
Helpful Information to Guide you to a "Green & Clean" Neighborhood!!
Your Local Community Resource Officer Provides the following Information to help keep your neighborhood looking beautiful. Any questions on Code enforcement, please contact Officer Boyd at 773-7412.
With the push to Go Green and Clean and the theme being Rake It Up/ Trim It Up. I would like to remind everyone that they must secure their loads when transporting items, trash or yard waste, to the City Landfill.
The City of Pierre has provided containers throughout the parks for use in these areas; however, they are not intended for dumping of household garbage, etc. See city ordinances below.
Section 7-3-102. Equipment for hauling refuse and yard waste - secured loads.
No vehicle shall be used for hauling refuse or yard waste that is not secured or covered so that no spillage may occur on the streets or on the road to the point of disposal.
The penalty for failing to secure and/or cover loads as stated above will result in a fine of $10.00 if paid within 24 hours of issuance. If not paid within 24 hours, the fine will be $20.00. The fine for a second violation will be $20.00.
Section 7-3-107. Designation of city landfill, compost and special waste sites by commission - no dumping at any other place - authority of city landfill supervisor.
All refuse and solid wastes shall be disposed of at the site selected and approved by the City Commission, commonly called the City Solid Waste Facility and Landfill. All yard waste shall be free of all inorganic materials and shall be disposed of at the Compost Site, as selected and approved by the City Commission. Such sites shall be kept and maintained in such manner as to cause as little nuisance or inconvenience as practicable to adjacent property owners and residents.
It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit, or cause to be deposited, any refuse or solid wastes at any other place, public or private, than that designated by the City Commission as the City Landfill, or at the designated organized collection area. No persons disposing of refuse and solid wastes at said City Solid Waste Facility and Landfill shall deposit the same at any other place, except as designated by the Solid Waste Manager, or his designee, of said City landfill, when so instructed by said Manager.
Special wastes, scrap metals, trees and brush materials shall be deposited only at those areas designated by the supervisor or his designee for that specific waste.
Property owners are required to remove dismantled or junk vehicles. It is a public nuisance to keep or place any abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, inoperative, junk or partially dismantled motor vehicle or parts on public or private property.
Junk vehicles are defined as any motor vehicle that has expired or missing license plates, wrecked, dismantled, partially dismantled, inoperable or discarded. Vehicles enclosed within a building or held in connection with a business properly operated in an appropriate zoning district are not considered a nuisance. Antique autos and vehicles designed for racing that are operable and covered to screen them from view are also not considered a nuisance.
Abandoned or junk vehicles brought to the attention of Pierre Police Dept. must be removed within 15 days after receipt of a notice. Individuals who do not remove vehicles are subject to fines for each day the violation is not corrected.
I would like to remind all property owners to please keep your properties up to code. It is against city ordinance to allow any grass, weed or any other noxious growth to reach the height of 12 inches. It is also against city ordinance to allow any bough or branch of a tree or bush to reach less than 8 feet above a sidewalk and 12 feet above any street, road or alley.
It is illegal to allow any dismantled vehicles, vehicle bodies and any other vehicle parts to be collected, piled or kept that are not inside a building. I would also like to remind owners that any building materials such as lumber, old iron, plaster, bricks, blocks, tiles and any other materials cannot be collected, piled or kept for more than 30 days, if not inside a building.
Alley Clean up
As property owners either houses, rentals or businesses in the city of Pierre you are not only required to make sure your front yards and backyards are being maintained. Property owners are also asked to maintain their adjacent right of ways. This area also includes the alley ways. I have noticed that the alleys become an area for people to pile and store left over items either behind their garages or fences where they are out of sight. It is against city ordinance to have any items left out in the open for more than 30 days. As property owners you are also required to maintain any trees, bushes or weeds that are growing in the alley along your property. If there any tree branches or bushes protruding out into the alley they need to be trimmed back. No branch can be less than 12 feet above the alley and no grass or weeds standing or lying, taller than 12 inches.