To the editor:
The recent news article about the ticketing of violators of misplaced yard sale signs makes me wonder why the city commission doesn't put some teeth into their litter ordinance.
Specifically, this letter is in regard to litter from parties. This past week in the Oread neighborhood, and the week before, parties ended up creating litter strewn over a two block stretch on Ohio Street from the 1100 block through the 1300 block and along 12th and 13th Streets.
What was the litter? Beer bottles, plastic cups, beer cans, cardboard beer containers and even a black bra! Some party! This debris eventually ends up in the storm sewer. Coupled with this trash is the dirt and gravel that the city allowed a developer on Tennessee Street to wash down the street over the past three months while building apartments. It is no wonder that the storm sewers are just slightly "ineffective".
The two dollars a month and more we are paying for stormwater improvements could have additional revenue if these violators were ticketed.
If it is out of sight, out of mind...it's OK. What if these messes occurred on George "Bob" Way or one of those fancy named streets west of Kasold? The neighbors would be furious and action would be taken.
To the city commission, I ask you to consider the following:
When police are called out to break up these parties (usually three to seven police cars and over 100 people) a ticket for littering should be issued on the spot to the tenant and the owner. As an owner of rental property, I have no problem getting a ticket and would hope the tenant gets one also. After that, the tenant will be on their way to becoming a former tenant.
Looking forward to the city commission meeting at midnight one of these Friday or Saturday nights and to cruising by some of these parties.