NEW PORT RICHEY — Back by popular demand, city officials have designated Saturday, June 21, for Neighborhood Spring Clean-Up Day.
The large response to the first cleanup last November prompted more of the special events, Public Works Director Robert Rivera told the city council.
The turnout impressed officials. Threat of rain did not deter residents from parting with junk. Trash filled eight loads of large trash bins.
The June event will last the entire day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Crews will set up the large trash bins at two city-owned locations:
♦ Frances Avenue Park, off of Louisiana Avenue east of Madison Street.
♦ The former church property at 6131 S. River Road.
The River Road location will also offer paper shredding. The city will accept nonworking, undamaged TV sets only at the River Road site.
Residents must show a current Florida drivers license to city employees before dropping off debris.
A complete list of allowable materials will be posted soon to the city website at www.cityofnewportrichey.org.
Materials collected at the November cleanup included glass, carpet, metals, wood 8 feet or less, house furniture, lawn furniture, drywall, mattresses, box springs, fencing and plywood.
Flyers with more information about the event will be available at city hall and other city facilities.
City leaders hope to clean up the city’s image among prospective residents and businesses. Council members approved an ordinance with stiffer fines and regulations on illegal dumping.
The former $30 fine failed to deter violators, Police Chief Kim Bogart recently told city council members. The new $500 fine could get their attention, Bogart thinks.
Code enforcement officers have reported a “significant increase” in illegal dumping cases here, Bogart wrote in a memo to council members. Bogart thinks violators are trying to avoid paying a private hauler to take away debris or paying a fee at a landfill.
“Some residents, contractors and landscape service companies are dumping their debris throughout the city, especially in alleyways,” Bogartsaid. Current city codes don’t specifically address illegal dumping, he noted.
“It drives me crazy (even if) a kid throws out a candy wrapper” onto the ground, Councilman Jeff Starkey commented at a previous meeting.
“It’s hard to believe it took so long for this ordinance,” Starkey added.