Leaves must be bagged

Published 10:36pm Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Last November, Selma Mayor George Evans announced the city would begin enforcing the city code, requiring residents to bag leaves that are placed on the street for pick-up. Days later, the city back tracked after complaints were filed saying the city did not provide enough notice of the enforcement.

Well, as of Tuesday, consider yourself on notice. Evans announced Tuesday, the city would begin enforcing ordinance No. 0109-04/05, requiring leaves to be bagged beginning Thursday, Nov. 1.

“This is an ordinance that must be enforced and must be followed,” Evans said. “The leaves cause tremendous problems in the storm drains, the streets, which is why such an ordinance is in place.”

According to the ordinance, enacted on April 25, 2005, residents are required:

4 All trash items capable of being containerized shall be bagged in plastic bags securely closed or tied shut and shall be placed on the curbside in front of the premises on regular collection days only by the occupant thereof. All plastic bags so placed shall be in good condition without tears or leaks and securely tied and fastened.

4 Limbs, brush, shrubbery and other wood items not capable of being bagged as provided in subsection (1) above shall be cut into lengths not exceeding 10 feet and widths no larger than eight inches in diameter. Said bundle shall be placed on the curbside in front of the premises on regular collection days only by the occupant.

4 Large bulky trash items not capable of being bagged as required by subsection (1) above or being bundled as required by subsection (2) above may be placed on the curbside in front of the premises on regular collection days only by the occupant.

“We had announced stepped up enforcement last year but it was suspended for one year after citizens and lawn service companies complained they were not given sufficient notice and that compliance would cause hardships,” Evans said. “That is why we are doing this today, giving everyone plenty of advance notice.”

Evans said leaves, limbs and brush not bagged or otherwise prepared will not be picked up by city crews and property owners could face warnings and citations from the city’s code enforcement office.

  • http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/ Tim Reeves

    Pop, you’ll be happy to know that we have started work on articles discussing code enforcement. With that said, I am not sure what you mean by “I don’t see the STJ asking anyone about this as it may be deemed negative to the image they are wishing to foster.” Maybe you have been part of planning meetings or “image” development meetings that I was not a part of or invited to.

    • popdukes12

      I’ll try to explain…This article could be used as an example. This law was passed in April of ’05 (seven years ago). Someone has taken it upon themselves to instruct the Code enforcement office to not enforce it. I believe you’ll find the ordinance concerning “parking in yards” has met the same fate. Why, and how was that done? The new state landlord/ tenant act of 2010 hasn’t been incorporated into local review (http://law.onecle.com/alabama/property/chapter9a.html). The STJ is very politically correct, and will usually do superficial interviews with local politicians, and throw a lot of “softballs”. Secondary questions from the reporter, that would come from individual research, are rather nonexistent. Katie Wood’s work on the river locks was a breath of fresh air. She did her homework. Projecting a very positive image for downtown is a good thing, don’t get me wrong, but, Council people being able to “pull” and destroy code violations isn’t. The more the paper embellishes the downtown improvements, the more the people on Hardy, Mechanic, and Lavender must feel disenfranchised. I hope this explains my comment. As to your ” “image” development meetings”, please remember the old aphorism that says “The loudest patriot is usually the greatest profiteer”. If I were you , I would be wanting to find out why I wasn’t invited. pops.

  • popdukes12

    Yeah, This is gonna happen. Many areas of the city suffer from 60-80% non-owner occupied housing. The owners of the property (slumlords) have enough connections (and campaign contributions) to make a phone call to city hall, and have this handled. I don’t see Daryl ticketing a house that he knows won’t pay a fine anyway. Has anyone ever asked why Daryl Moore has to have an officer with him before he can ticket a house? That has to be a hindrance to his function. I don’t see the STJ asking anyone about this as it may be deemed negative to the image they are wishing to foster. In reality confronting situations is more helpful in the long view. pops

  • captain113

    It’s About Time

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