Kent’s Health Commissioner and his staff have worked hard to step up their attention to proper trash handling in City neighborhoods and it’s encouraging to see things looking better than ever before — but there’s still room to improve and at the recommendation of the Health Department, City Council approved a new set of regulations, tickets, and fines that can be used at properties of repeat offenders who choose week-in and week-out to ignore basic trash storage and containerization requirements.
The Health Department made their recommendations to up the ante on trash compliance because they’ve received an increasing number of trash complaints called in during 2014 — with many of the complaints coming from neighbors living near properties that have become chronic violators. It was time to try something different and bring those neighborhoods some relief.
Improper handling of trash can lead to a long list of troubles from unsanitary conditions and the types of vermin and problems it attracts. Not to mention it’s an unsightly nuisance when it’s spread all over front yards rather than in trash cans where it’s supposed to be.
The Health Department doesn’t want to play the role of trash police but when all else fails there needs to be some recourse to protect neighborhoods and that’s where the new tickets and fines will come into play.
Despite what cynics might suggest, the tickets are not a money maker for the Health Department and they’re truly are a measure of last resort. The Health Department will not go looking for problems but when they receive a complaint there’s an expectation that they have the tools needed to fix it.
Fixing something on private property is always tricky and everyone is happiest when a knock on the door and a little education produces the results everyone was hoping for but not everything goes that smoothly and for those cases that require a little extra push, the new ticketing system should go a long way.
That’s a bit of the logic behind the new trash tickets and here’s more details supplied by the Health Department (you can also jump to the Kent Health Department Web Site to read more by clicking here).