Sanitation Fines To Increase
The fines for such infractions as the failure to sweep sidewalks at least 18 inches into the gutter will increase to $100 from $50 on that date.
The Sanitation Department recently received approval f4om the Environmental Control Board for an increase in the minimum base fine for all infractions to $100 from $50 for all affected sanitation codes.
"Upon returning to the department, I requested a review of our enforcement policies and penalty schedules," Doherty said. "We found that the department had not increased the minimum base fines for more than ten years, during which time our operational costs and the additional responsibility for training and expansion of the enforcement division dramatically increased."
Included in the increase are such violations as not removing commercial waste, dirty sidewalks, sidewalk obstructions, flying dust or other substances, material spilling from a truck or receptacle, noxious liquids, interfering with a sanitation employee, scavenging, storage of receptacles, loose rubbish, improper use of city litter baskets, failure to remove snow and ice, failure to sweep 18 inches from the curb, improper disposal of household waste and improper disposal of regulated waste.
Each of those infractions will require a minimum fine of $100 beginning of June 1.
Those interested in further clarification of the rules of of the new fee structure should call the city’s new service center at 311.