Council debates options for trash cans

MOORE HAVEN – Moore Haven City Council members have spent many minutes during several meetings discussing trash containers; where to place them, how much they should weigh when filled, what should not be placed inside them, who should purchase them and when should any changes be implemented.

Councilman Dave McGee offered options such as having the City purchase them, two to a customer at a cost of $75,000. Option two would be to offer different sections of the City with cans at a specified cost as citizens could afford them. Currently homeowners supply their own containers and a few still have wire can holders that originally were to be placed inside fences after pick up. Councilman Jake Eigner said many customers would not be able to afford to purchase one or even two cans from the City.

Mr. Eigner said that buzzards sometimes invade the cans that do not have lids, leaving them turned over and rolling out into the street. Mr. Eigner said that many folks leave cans on the roadside for a long time, especially when folks return to their fulltime homes leaving the cans on the roadside until the next weekend.

Councilwoman Pat Lucas said she didn’t have a problem. “I just roll out the cans and after pick up, I roll them back. I don’t see a problem.”

Mr. Eigner said it would improve the city if the trash staff would just walk a few more feet and replace the containers in yards. They reminded all that each container should not hold more than 75 pounds of trash. Fences are always a problem and many people just leave the cans alongside the streets.

City trash pick up is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Mayor Whidden said the trash department rarely received complaint calls regarding their service.

They all agreed that there haven’t been any animals getting inside of containers since the Glades County Animal Control officer had consistently picked up any loose, unlicensed dogs, or wild animals such as raccoons and other critters.

Mayor Whidden said he and all City staff had been working to beautify Moore Haven by arranging to have old buildings demolished, abandoned and unlicensed cars on streets and in yards towed away. Citations will have to be issued first, however. If a citizens has an unused vehicle on his property, he or she can neatly cover it with an intact tarp that is securely fastened. Abandoned manufactured homes will be ticketed also. A few remain in the City and one or two have collapsed roofs.

City Attorney Steve Ramunni said City Planner LaRue wants to have a meeting to discuss minimum square footage for any new home construction. Also there will soon have to be a Workshop to discuss the new rules and regulations regarding medical marijuana.

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