Georgetown clarifies garbage ordinance

Georgetown clarifies garbage ordinance

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown City Council members clarified some provisions of the city's garbage ordinance on Monday, reminding residents that their garbage is to be collected along the streets, not along the alleys.

For years, the city's garbage ordinance has required residents to take their garbage containers to the street in front of their homes for collection. But Alderman Darrell Acord said some residents still leave their garbage containers along the alley, and the garbage trucks are damaging the city's unpaved alleys.

Council members also specified that garbage containers could not be taken to the street before 6 p.m. on the night before their collection, and that the empty containers had to be removed from the streets by 6 p.m. on the day of their collection. The ordinance had read that garbage containers could only be left along the street for 24 hours, but said that the containers could not be taken to the street before 6 p.m. the night before collection and that they had to be removed from the street by 10 p.m. on the day of collection — a 28-hour period.

Mayor Kay Sanders said the council's vote on Monday amounted to a small change.

"Starting April 1, we will be enforcing an ordinance that should have been enforced for years," she said.

In other business, the council voted to pay Daughhetee & Parks of Danville an additional $7,000 to complete a thorough audit of the city's financial records.

The council also approved having adults collect donations for the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district's Destination Imagination program on April 26 on the city square.

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