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City garbage bags required, grace period ending

| Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 9:04 p.m.

The City of Jeannette began enforcing its new ordinance requiring residents to purchase and use specific garbage bags at the beginning of the month.

A grace period to get residents used to the new rule, and to give time to purchase the correct bags, is drawing to a close.

City Clerk Michael Minyon said letters will be sent to residents who don't comply with the new law to ensure everyone is aware of the new rules. Once a letter is sent, a resident will have about one week to comply before the property maintenance officer issues a citation. Potential fines range from $300 to $1,000 for residents who don't use the right bags.

Rich Ault, city foreman, said he will join the property maintenance officer in handing out flyers alerting residents to the new ordinance beginning next week.

“At the rate that we're selling (the bags), I'm pretty confident the word is out,” said Ault.

Once the grace period ends within the next two weeks, garbage that is not placed in the correct bags, which are black and stamped with a City of Jeannette logo, will initially be left on the sidewalk long enough to be documented. Ault said the garbage will be photographed for evidence, for lack of a better word, and then the garbage will be collected. All garbage will be picked up, regardless of the bag used because to leave rubbish unattended is a public health concern, Ault said.

Those who still fail to comply, will be issued a summary citation and each day they remain in violation will constitute a separate offense.

The city-required bags are now on sale at the city treasurer's office in City Hall and at Duncan True Value Hardware on Lowry Avenue.

The bags are black with a white logo and will hold 32 gallons of garbage.

Cost will be $6.50 for a roll of 25 bags. Council expects the bags to generate around $65,000 in revenues in 2013.

Duncan True Value Hardware is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The city is seeking other business to sell the bags. Interested business owners should contact City Hall at 724-527-4000.

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at or 724-838-5154.

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