On Sunday, March 10th around noon, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Code Enforcement Sgt. Steven Tankle and Senior Aide / NEWNC President Stephen Passacantilli walked through the North End to get a first hand look at the state of trash on the streets and sidewalks.
During the one hour walk, Code Enforcement issued 12 violations / green ticket fines, mostly for putting out trash improperly and/or hours before the 5:00 pm legal time. By searching through the bags for identifying addresses, it was discovered that almost all the violators had placed their trash in front of a neighboring building rather than their own. The Councilor rang several buzzers to talk to violating residents and also spoke to some business owners about trash barrels still on the street that had not yet been picked up by private contractors.
Councilor LaMattina said that he and Public Works Commissioner Joanne Massaro would like to try new “transformational” ideas in the year ahead. Also on the table is changing the pickup time to 9:00 am (instead of 7:00 am) during the 2014 re-bid of the City’s trash pickup contract with Capitol Waste. This change would potentially allow for residential trash to be put out only during the morning of the pickup day instead of the day before.
The slideshow above shows some of the locations cited on Sunday afternoon’s trash beat walk. Sgt. Tankle noted that he had ticketed many of the same locations in the past and will continue to do so. Code enforcement also responds to specific addresses based on complaints made through the city’s hotline (617) 635-4545 and Citizens Connect.