Chamber committee strives to clean up city
by Courtney Stevens
Oct 03, 2013 | 1602 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Grass clippings, such as these, are not to be blown or tossed into the streets. The grass clogs storm drains, which causes flooding in the streets after heavy rainfall.
Grass clippings, such as these, are not to be blown or tossed into the streets. The grass clogs storm drains, which causes flooding in the streets after heavy rainfall.
Cars parked in the yard, tall grass and litter in the streets are not things Clevelanders want in the city as the Grammy Museum draws in more visitors.

The Mosquito/Litter Control Committee is planning to get the city in the best shape in can be before the opening of the Grammy Museum.

However, the committee has some concerns with homes that are not being kept up properly and essentially damaging the beauty of the neighborhoods downtown.

Some concerns are individuals parking cars in yards, not cutting grass, and blowing cut grass into streets.

"There are some things in town with this Grammy coming in that we need to get working on. There are cars parked in yards, grass not being cut, loose dogs, and just a lot of things," said Bootsie Lyon, committee member.

Citizens may not be aware, but these are all city code violations.

"I talked to Paul Janoush, who is my alderman, about cars parked in yards. That is a code violation, not a police violation, so is the grass," said Lyon.

"I was told that the code violation programs rely heavily on the public calling in and telling them where these things are going on," said Lyon.

According to Article 8 of the Land Development Ordinance for the City of Cleveland, "no parking or storage of vehicles is allowed in the front yard of any property except on the paved driveway or designated hard-surface parking pad."

According to the Anti-Litter Ardinance Section 3, "No person shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public place within the City except in public receptacles, in authorized private receptacles for collection, or in official City dumps."

According to the ordinance, litter is considered "garbage, refuse, and rubbish as defined herein and all other waste material which, if thrown or deposited as herein prohibited, tends to create a danger to public health, safety, and welfare."

With rubbish being in the definition, it might be beneficial to understand rubbish is "nonpetrescible solid wastes consisting of both combustible and non-combustible wastes, such as paper, wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, wood, glass, bedding, crockery and similar materials."

This definition includes grass, lawn clippings, sticks, branches, and any other things found in a yard.

Therefore, according to this ordinance, it is a code violation to toss lawn clippings into the street.

If the codes are violated then, according to the ordinances, there is a fine of up to $100 and possible jail time.

The committee plans to ask Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell to come to the next meeting and discuss the issues of people not keeping their homes and yards up to standards.

With so many people working hard to better Cleveland, and with the Grammy museum being built, committee members say it is important to many that Cleveland holds itself to a higher standard and continue to keep the town beautiful.