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SOUTH WHITLEY GRASS: Ordinance moves closer to an end

July 1, 2013

Hagan Park, South Whitley, is currently a dumping ground for yard waste and debris picked up from town residents. Town council members are in the middle of writing an ordinance that might change the town’s stance on yard waste. Pictured is a pile of limbs and grass clippings at the park. Included in the pile are plastic trash bags, which should not be left at the dumping site. This is a problem the town hopes to address in the new ordinance. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

SOUTH WHITLEY — For two months, South Whitley Town Council members have been debating the issue of grass.

Yard waste and grass clippings have been traditionally picked up and disposed of by the town. However, the increasing amount of debris as well as the time it is taking for town employees to collect the waste has caused town leaders to reevaluate the town’s policy on such a service.

Town Manager Dave Wilkinson has spent several weeks researching what other towns and municipalities offer in the way of yard waste removal to its residents. He reported to the town council Tuesday night that he learned no other neighboring towns offer such a service.

“I would lean toward having the residents put their grass clippings in their trash containers,” said Councilman Bill Boggs. “Then it gets disposed of when the trash is collected. Now, if there is no room in their trash containers, I think we should offer residents the chance to dump their clippings at Hagan Park.”

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