The Havelock Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on August 27 to receive public comments on proposed changes to the city’s garbage and refuse ordinance.
Among the changes being considered are new limits that would be placed on the city’s yard waste collection. Under the current policy, the city will remove yard waste, which is placed within three feet behind the curbline or off the street pavement and between the roadside drain or ditch and the front property line. A property owner may request collection on a day other than what is on the regular schedule. If the request is granted, the property owner is assessed a fee, which is added to their water bill.
Proposed changes to the ordinance would restrict the maximum volume of yard waste the city will remove from a household per cycle to 128 cubic feet, or approximately 8 foot x 4 foot x 4 foot. Under the new ordinance, the city would not collect whole or cut-up trees or logs larger than the predetermined measurements, tree root systems, dirt or sod. Additionally, the city would not be held responsible for the removal of any materials left by building contractors.
The proposed ordinance would require that limbs be no larger than four feet in length and five inches in diameter. The city would gather non-limb yard waste only if contained in a 30 gallon biodegradable paper bag, with the exception of November 1 to January 31, when leaves would be picked up if contained in a neat pile kept within three feet of the curb.
According to the proposed ordinance changes any accumulation of non-compliant yard waste or other materials “causing or threatening public safety and/or community appearance” would be declared to be “dangerous and prejudicial to the public health or safety and to constitute a public nuisance.”
The proposed ordinance amendments would also make changes to the city’s Rubbish/Trash/Waste collection policy, which covers everything from recyclables and wood to rubber and metals not contained in the city-provided residential garbage cans. The city would collect no more than three individual items or sets belonging to this category from any household per week. Any items exceeding that limit would not be the city’s responsibility.
The public hearing on the proposed changes will be held Monday beginning at 7:05 p.m.at Havelock City Hall, located at 1 Governmental Ave.