Glenwood residents will get two days to prep for cleanup
Glenwood Springs residents next year will get just two days to put material at curbside in front of their homes for the popular Spring Cleanup.
City Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve an ordinance that includes a fine of up to $1,000 a day if non-residents are caught dumping in Glenwood and gives residents two days before pickup is to start in their zone to put material out.
The service is free to residents but is time-consuming and costs the city between $100,000 and $135,000 a year, according to an analysis of costs including wages, equipment, fuel and landfill fees.
In April, acting City Manager Andrew Gorgey urged Council to cancel the program in the future, noting that it leads to several weeks when the city’s streets are piled with yard waste and other debris, including TVs, appliances and other items that are not allowed, while city crews make their way around to pick it up.
Council members noted the popularity of the program, and were unwilling to eliminate it. The ordinance approved Thursday leaves the amount of waste residents are allowed to put out at 5 cubic yards — the amount a single-axle dump trunk is capable of carrying.
“I’m OK with that,” said Councilman Todd Leahy, “but a full single-axle dump truck out in your yard in front of the street; I’d like to see that picked up quickly. I get the program. It’s a great program. But let’s do it and get on with it.”
Those who leave junk in their yards for longer than two days before their zone is set for pickup will be subject to fines ranging from $250 to $1,000 a day. “Such penalty shall be assessed against the owner, occupant or any person or entity responsible for the maintenance of such property,” the ordinance reads.
Councilors on Thursday discussed allowing waste to be left out for four days up to two weeks, but agreed to the two-day period because of potential enforcement problems and desire to minimize the time junk is in the streets.
“If we do go to a week, now we have two zones that will have trash out on them,” Leahy said, “and the whole idea was to minimize that much of the town looking trashy.”
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