Clifton Council Corner: Trash cans, revisited

We all have them, and we can’t escape them: The black trash containers that create a less-than-welcome blot on your home and town’s landscape. There’s just no getting around it—you can’t make them pretty.

Clifton residents could find themselves being fined for putting their garbage cans out too early or leaving them out too long. Town officials continue to receive complaints about containers left on the town’s sidewalks and streets. During the November 15, 2012 council meeting it was approved by the Town Council to change the ordinance from a criminal offense to a civil offense. This ordinance change was to charge the violator(s) as a civil offense and designed to add a measure of safety for the town’s residents who would no longer need to dodge trash containers while walking on the town’s sidewalks or driving on the town’s streets.

When a complaint concerning a trash container is received, the homeowner or business will first be contacted by the town’s code enforcement officer and if no action is taken, a letter will be sent educating them about the ordinance provisions with a request for voluntary compliance. Those who ignore notifications and fail to remove their trash containers from town sidewalks and streets can be cited and fined. As outlined in Ordinance 03-2012, convictions for violations could carry an incarceration of 6 months in jail and/or a fine of $2,500. This is not meant to catch those who are a few minutes or hours late in removing their containers, but to discourage leaving the trash containers on the sidewalk or at the curb for extended periods of time. Unattended containers are a safety hazard especially during the dark hours. Citations will be issued to those chronic abusers who fail to remove their trash container from the town’s sidewalks and curbs.

As a side note: The trash container is your responsibility. If it is damaged or becomes unusable due to abuse the replacement cost lies with the homeowner.

Fall Fire Hazards

The recent summer rains that turned the hillsides green with rapid growth of vegetation in and around Greenlee County and the Clifton/Morenci areas will soon become a dry fire hazard. Weather conditions such as the cooling fall winds quickly remove the moisture content of all the growing vegetation around our homes.

While fall weather may make you think of crackling fires and warm, gooey cookies, it is also the time of year when you should be address the home fire hazards that could put you and your family members in danger.

For providing fire protection around your home, please follow the below guidelines:

  • Keep your property free of accumulated combustibles such as trash, dried vegetation and cuttings.

  • Maintain trees and shrubs making sure they are trimmed away from buildings and are free of all dead wood, dry leaves, etc.

  • Remove dead leaves and pine needles from roofs and rain gutters.

  • Portable space heaters: Heaters should have automatic shut-offs when tipped and be at least three feet away from anything that is flammable, such as furniture, bedding and curtains. Do not leave heaters unattended, especially if you have young children or pets.

  • Fireplaces: Always have a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room or onto your children. Burn ONLY dry, seasoned wood and NEVER burn trash, cardboard or holiday trees.

  • Stoves and ovens: Never use the top burners or oven to heat your home. Teach children to stay away from hot surfaces. If you make holiday cookies with your child, do so at a table or countertop away from the stove.

  • Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors should be installed on every level of the home and inside all bedrooms. They should be tested every six months, which will give all occupants a chance to hear and understand what the noise means.

If you have a concern about fire or combustible materials near or around your home, please call Town Hall. We will have someone investigate whether brush removal or other mitigation measures are required.

For additional information concerning any of the above concerns please contact: Angel Maldonado, Code Enforcement Officer at (928) 865-4146

Crime Prevention Watch:

To report any SUSPICIOUS activity CALL the below telephone Numbers:

Clifton Police Department: Emergency 911, 928-865-4145 or 928-865-4566

Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office: Emergency 911, or 928-865-4149

Remember you can always remain anonymous!

“Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty.’ They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place when the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get.”

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