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Blasdell to get tough on trash

Blasdell Mayor Ernest Jewett announced a get-tough policy Wednesday for residents who violate the village trash code.

He told the Village Board that trash totes, which the village owns, have done a good job of improving weekly collections but there is still room for more improvement.

"Some people aren't taking pride in their community. People need to cooperate. If they don't, we're going to start fining them," the mayor said.

Next month, he said, the board will vote on a scale of fines for violations. First-time violators will receive a warning, he said. Subsequent violations will result in a fine.

He noted the problem is worsened by renters who tend to be less concerned about the village's appearance because of their often temporary status as village residents.

Items that will not be collected include tires, cleaning fluids, motor oil, paint, batteries, and construction and demolition debris.

Janet Plarr, village clerk-treasurer, said that the village's garbage hauler, Modern, will not pick up those items. If the village has to clear them from the curb, the homeowner or those responsible will be charged.

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