Residents urged to keep streets free of grass clippings
With all the rain the area has received this spring, grass has been growing rapidly. When mowing near a street often times it is difficult to keep grass clippings off of the roadway. Some clean the clippings off of the road, others do not.
Section 21-130 in the Boonville City Ordinance Code 'Prohibited practices,' outlines what is acceptable and what is not.
The ordinance states, it shall be unlawful for any person to: (1) deposit solid waste in any solid waste container other than his own, without the written consent of the owner of such container and/or, with the intent of avoiding payment of the service charge hereinafter provided for solid waste collection and disposal; (2) fail to have solid waste collected as provided in this article; (3) interfere in any manner with solid waste collection and transportation equipment, or with solid waste collectors in the lawful performance of their duties as such, whether such equipment or collectors shall be those of the city, or those of a solid waste collection agency operating under contract with the city; (4) burn solid waste unless an approved incinerator is provided or unless a variance has been obtained from the appropriate air pollution control agency; (5) dispose of solid waste at any facility or location which is not approved by the city and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources; and (6) dispose of lawn trimmings and/or fallen tree leaves by raking, blowing or dumping the same onto any street, sidewalks, alley or any other public thoroughfare.
The ordinance also lists penalties for not abiding by the listed guidelines. The ordinance states the violation of any such provision of the code or any ordinance or resolution shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $1.00 and not more than $500 or by imprisonment not exceeding three months in the city jail, or both. Each day any violation of any provision of this Code or of any such ordinance or resolution shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.
In addition to the penalty, any condition caused or permitted to exist in violation of any of the provisions of this Code or any such ordinance or resolution shall be deemed a public nuisance and may be, by the city, abated as provided by law, and each day that such condition continues shall be regarded as a new and separate offense.
The reason for the ordinance stems from issues regarding storm water.
"Storm gutters can become clogged which causes water on the roadway and grass and other debris can get into the storm water system which may cause damage," Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver said.
Welliver said he or the department has only had to issue a warning.
"We usually issue a warning which seems to work well. Most people aren’t aware of the ordinance so they comply after being informed," Welliver said.