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Garbage Delinquency Solution Proposed

Is taking away spring cleanup from those who are behind on garbage fees the answer to solving the city's delinquency issue? One city resident thinks it is.
Is taking away spring cleanup from those who are behind on garbage fees the answer to solving the city's delinquency issue?

One city resident thinks it is.

The co-coordinator of the East Bayfront Neighborhood Watch thinks those who are behind on garbage fees should be penalized.

But Mayor Joe Sinnott doesn't think what he's suggesting is a proper solution.

City officials are in the process of trying to collect more than two million dollars in delinquent garbage fees.

The majority of the delinquents are landlords.

Joe Koehle, the co-coordinator of the East Bayfront Neighborhood Watch suggested to city council and the mayor that those who are behind on their bills shouldn't be allowed to participate in the single item large pickup.

That program has been ongoing for nearly 20 years and is set for April 6th this year.

Mayor Sinnott says it was implemented to cut back on illegal dumping that use to be a significant problem in years past.

But the mayor doesn't think penalizing delinquents by taking away the one item pickup is practical.

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