Leitchfield City officials have asked City Attorney Kenneth F. Smart to re-write the ordinance which deals with residential tree debris pick up, after Smart recommended the ordinance be amended.
According to Mayor William Thomason and City Council members, residents are abusing the service by placing large, unmanageable tree trunks at the curbside for pick up by city workers.
“People take advantage … people who do this for a living (cut-up trees and tree limbs), take advantage of the city’s services,” Council member Harold Miller said. “And we’re going to have to come up with some form, some way, to remedy that. We’ve had people (place) trees that were root-wadded and pulled up to the curb, roots and all. And I don’t think it’s reasonable for anybody with the city to come clean that up.
“I like the services that the city offers, I don’t want to change the services we offer, but I also think that it’s in the best interest of both parties that we do something,” Miller continued. “And I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask somebody that wants us to haul it off to” have the debris cut up so city workers don’t have to spend additional time making the debris manageable.
Smart stated that the ordinance should read in part, “In no event shall the city pick up or dispose of any debris which the city reasonably lacks the capacity to process.”
The Council agreed with Smart’s analysis of how the ordinance should be re-worded. Smart will present the amended ordinance at the next scheduled City Council meeting in the first week of July.
Currently the ordinance covering tree debris pickup states that the city will remove items up to “36 inches in any direction,” a statement, among others in the ordinance, which the Council deems vague.