Holcomb city council discusses trash issues





Holcomb Fire Chief Bill Knight recommended to the city council Wednesday night implementing a rule prohibiting people from going through collection Dumpsters looking for scrap material during the city's spring cleanup later this month.

During the cleanup, from April 26 to May 10, the city sets three Dumpsters on a lot at Barber and Railroad avenues on the first Friday. The Dumpsters are emptied at the end of each day.

Last year, Knight said, a couple of issues arose with some folks pulling scrap material out of the collection bins. There were some near altercations the police had to handle and big messes left behind for city crews to clean up.

"The Saturday before pick-up last year was like sharks circling," Knight said. "People were pulling things out of people's trailers in the street, trying to beat other people to it. A couple of guys nearly came to serious disagreement over it."

Also, Knight said there was a mess made last year when scrap collectors broke concrete off some steel posts left at the construction site and scattered the debris, and a couple of air conditioner compressors were pulled apart with the pieces dumped on the ground.

Knight stopped short of requesting an ordinance, suggesting instead that the city implement a rule saying that anything dumped at the collection site is the city's property. He hopes people will abide by the rules, but acknowledged the city probably couldn't prevent people from digging through the Dumpsters.

Knight said the volunteer fire department will go by the site daily and remove anything recyclable to ensure it's recycled. Any funds generated would come back to the city.

The council agreed to Knight's suggestion. The city will explain the rule in a letter to residents about the cleanup.

In other business:

* The council heard a request from resident Dawn Boyd to allow an exception to city ordinance that prohibits people from keeping pit bulls. Boyd uses her home to help foster dogs from the Garden City animal shelter for two to three weeks while the dogs await rescue.

Boyd said she was unaware of the city's anti-pit bull ordinance. She said she fosters one dog at a time and they are kept inside her home. She added that the shelter won't let dogs go to foster homes if they show any kind of aggressive behavior.

Holcomb's ordinance, adopted in 1988, prohibits the "keeping" of pit bulls, but council members were unsure if it covered something like a fostering situation.

The council decided to gather additional information and will check with the city's legal counsel to determine if an exception to the ordinance is possible.

* Council members asked City Superintendent Larry Baie to have a thorough inspection done on the city's trash truck, and gather more information on prices for a new truck to present at a future meeting.

* The council approved a noise ordinance waiver from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 26, as requested by the Holcomb and Wiley PTO for its outdoor carnival night which will feature a live band.

* The council approved promotions for the Holcomb Community Fire Department. Todd Nowak from recruit/probationary firefighter to recruit/department certified driver/operator with no change in pay; Derek Hoskinson from recruit/probationary firefighter to recruit/non-certified firefighter with no change in pay; and Chase Lumley from recruit/probationary firefighter to firefighter one/medical first responder with a pay increase from $15 to $16 per call, meeting and training, effective May 1.

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