One Mobile city councilor is requesting the city amend its new litter ordinance to change the way it handles businesses that don’t have enclosures around dumpsters.
The city has already agreed to not begin ticketing business owners for an enclosure violation until March, but Councilman John Williams’ request would allow business owners the option to build the enclosure, instead of receiving a fine first. Williams said if the business owner still hasn’t erected an enclosure by the time a second citation is issued, then the owner would have to pay a fine and be forced to build the enclosure.
Williams was the lone dissenting vote when the council voted to amend the litter ordinance and add provisions, like the one requiring enclosures around dumpsters. Williams argued then to leave that part of the ordinance as is and only require newly developed or redeveloped property to add dumpster enclosures.
The ordinance went into effect Oct. 1 and municipal enforcement officers have been hitting the streets since writing tickets. Under the new ordinance, a first offense is punishable with a fine of $250 – $500. Violators could also face up to six months in jail, or could be sentenced to community service.
Business owners must also make sure they have a sufficient number of garbage cans at their facility and cigarette receptacles must be placed at the entrances of the facilities. Residents should be aware to bag lawn clippings and avoid blowing leaves into storm drains to avoid fines.
In other business, the council put off voting on the vacation of property in front of 7047 Airport Blvd. During a pre-council conference Tuesday Council President Gina Gregory said the applicant might have had an issue with paying $41,000 for the city right-of-way.
After holding a public hearing in which nobody spoke for or against the proposal, the council voted to rezone property on the east side of Government Boulevard just north of Rochelle Street, from residential to business.
The council unanimously approved Tommy Tyrell for another term on the Mobile Tennis Center Advisory Board and approved F. Michael Johnson to the History Museum of Mobile Board.
The council voted to add $20,664 in discretionary funds to a contract with James H. Adams and Son Construction for traffic calming improvements.
The council approved a $47,236 contract with McElhenney Construction for sidewalks along Texas and Chatham streets, using Community Development Block Grant funds. The council also voted to approve a $32,814 contract with C&H Construction Services for various guardrail repair.