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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 19

Meeting Date: January 28, 2003
Subject/Title: Continued Discussion for Garbage Container Location 
Submitted by: Community Development (Oshinsky/Kidwell/Arteaga)

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION:
Continue discussion on placement of garbage containers between collection intervals and provide direction for staff.

PREVIOUS ACTION:
On May 22, 2002 staff brought an item to council regarding the storage of residential garbage containers between collection intervals. This item was bought before Council due to a complaint received from Mrs. Mary Lopez. At that time, Council felt that amending the Code was not necessary. Council directed staff to try and gain compliance by request only. 
BACKGROUND:
Since May 2002, staff has received additional complaints from Mrs. Mary Lopez regarding the storage of garbage containers in her neighborhood. Code Enforcement staff has tried to gain compliance by request, to no avail. 
Staff has not received complaints from any other citizen regarding this matter. However, it appears that there are more residents storing their garbage cans in public view in Mrs. Lopez’ neighborhood 

DISCUSSION:
Staff is presenting this issue to Council because of complaints received by Mrs. Lopez. Currently, the Municipal Code does not prohibit storing garbage containers in front yards. The practice of storing garbage containers in public view may create a visual nuisance and can become an issue in some neighborhoods. However, creation of provisions to require trash container storage screening and enforcing those provisions may require substantial City resources.

FISCAL IMPACT
Estimated costs could be as much as $25,000.00 per year which included a Code Enforcement Officer at ¼ time plus institutional costs.
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