The city of Spanish Fort is looking to curb a litter problem in the city with a new ordinance. During the Sept. 18 regular city council meeting, ordinance 644-2023 was introduced to the council. The …
The city of Spanish Fort is looking to curb a litter problem in the city with a new ordinance.
During the Sept. 18 regular city council meeting, ordinance 644-2023 was introduced to the council. The ordinance outlines how the city defines littering, enforcement procedures and penalties.
One of the main littering concerns, according to Spanish Fort Mayor Michael McMillian, is the city's recycling area located off Ember Lane.
"We have had a lot of issues at the recycling area without a doubt," McMillian said. "We have heard you; we have seen pictures, and we know all about it. It has just been hard for us to take action without this new ordinance put in place."
McMillian asked Spanish Fort Police Chief John Barber to pick up a copy of the ordinance to look over and give feedback.
"It is very disheartening to see our public works employees, and we have to get park guys up there, too, every Monday morning, to pick up that recycling area because people throw things on the ground," McMillian said. "We are going to do something about it to slow this down. That is not what Spanish Fort is, and I hope you recognize that."
The ordinance authorizes the city to notify property owners within the city limits to dispose of litter and junk located on their property. Notice would be sent to homeowners by certified mail and would have 10 days after receipt of notice to act.
The ordinance defines that it is unlawful to dump or discard litter, junk or solid waste along any street, median or right of way. It would also be unlawful for any person to haul garbage, paper, trash, sand, gravel, construction materials or other loose materials unless the truck or vehicle is covered and secured.
Penalties for individuals found guilty of violating any provision in the ordinance could be fined up to $500 for each day a violation is committed or permitted to continue. Violators could also be ordered to pick up litter.
A public hearing on the ordinance will take place during the Oct. 2 regular city council meeting. McMillian expressed his wish for the community to come and give input. To read the ordinance, visit www.cityofspanishfort.com/citycouncil.