by Kevin Osborne
Councilman will mow lawn of contest winner
Cincinnati officials are
about to give property owners more of an incentive to clean up their yards.
City Councilman P.G.
Sittenfeld has proposed changing Cincinnati’s litter laws to allow for a full
refund of fines for first-time violators if they remedy the problem within 10
days of being cited.
Currently, when the city
issues citations for littered properties, owners can recoup half their money if
they clean up the property within that time period.
The proposal already has the
signatures of six other City Council members, giving it enough support for
is an acknowledgement that illegal dumping is widespread in Cincinnati, he said, and the
problem isn’t always the fault of the owner.
Of all customer service
requests to the city in 2011, more than 9,000 — or 14.2 percent of all requests
— were related to litter, making it the single most frequent complaint.
Sittenfeld timed the proposal’s
introduction to coincide with the Great American Cleanup and Earth Day, both
of which happen this weekend.
To increase the public’s
interest, Sittenfeld is asking residents to take a before-and-after picture of
the area they clean up over the next week, and send the photos to his council
office no later than April 27. Sittenfeld will then personally mow the lawn of
whoever has the most dramatic cleanup.
The photos may be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.