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TELL CITY - Not putting trash tags, or half of one, will end up costing residents $5 per bag if city employees pick them up before properly tagged.
Members of the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety amended section 55.09 of ordinance 937 May 19 to add a fee for residents who get their untagged or improperly tagged bags picked up by city employees. Mayor Barbara Ewing said the issue was brought up a couple of months ago on how to deal with these residents.
Section 55.09 deals with scope of services, fees and billings and only included fees if trash collectors had to make a special trip to pick up items, not if they picked them up while there. The amended section now includes "improperly tagged trash bags which are picked up at the time of a resident's weekly trash collection day or collected outside of the normal trash collection method will be collected at an additional fee of $5."
Councilman John Little questioned how they're going to deal with people who say they were going to put tags on their trash, but the city picked it up before they could. Street Commissioner Jeff Everly said he will work with anyone who has lots of trash to put out or people who are moving and need to get rid of trash before their pick-up day.
Ewing said this is a growing problem adding that this was not brought up lightly.
This may help keep habitual offenders down, Everly said, adding he's seen people repeat offenses weeks after being caught or warned.
"Do $5 and try to nip it," Little said. If the same ones get caught, he said, maybe they'll start to abide after paying the fee so many times.
Trolley ride requests
Representing the Tell City Historical Society, Phil Wittmer presented members with possible trolley-tour routes during the sesquicentennial and asked members to consider some possible no-parking zone request. The tours, which will be Aug. 7-9, will go to various areas around Tell City and society members dressed in old-fashioned garb will narrate the histories of buildings and the city.
The no-parking zones will allow the trolley to pull over where there are several buildings that narrators need to talk about so they will be out of traffic. Some areas include near Old National Bank on Main St., in front of the Riverfront Medical Center, Dat's Kajun and Sunset Park.
Wittmer asked members to consider the nine locations and if it's not feasible to have a no-parking areas, to let the society know so they can come up with an alternate plan. Ewing said most of the businesses mentioned have off-street parking so most shouldn't be a problem but asked Wittmer if he's talked with those mentioned. He hadn't, but said he would.
Ewing invited Wittmer back to the board's second meeting in June with additional information about the route and what the business owners thought. Pat Crawford will also be at the meeting, she said, to discuss Kid's Day, planned for the first weekend in August.
In other business:
The board approved a request by Tell City Moose Lodge 1424 to use Zoercher-Bettinger Park July 1-8 for its annual picnic.
Took under consideration an agreement with the Perry County Health Department to use the Schergens Center in case of a health emergency.
Ewing thanked everyone who was involved in the first Music in the Park event, which was May 10. Councilman Tony Hollinden mentioned attendance was triple last year's turnout.