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My Town Kalamazoo: City to begin ticketing trash-filled yards April 21 | Environment

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My Town Kalamazoo: City to begin ticketing trash-filled yards April 21
My Town Kalamazoo: City to begin ticketing trash-filled yards April 21

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The snow has melted away, exposing months of litter on many residential and commercial properties.

The City of Kalamazoo wants to remind residents of a city ordinance requiring all garbage be properly stored in trash bins, to prevent rodents and other unsanitary situations.  The city is giving residents a grace period to clean up the litter on their property; starting Monday, April 21, city workers will begin citing properties in violation of the Trash Ordinance.    Violators will receive a ticket and a $74 bill, then get another 10 days to clean up the mess.  If the trash remains, city crews will be called in to clean up the property, and the property owner will be billed for their work.

The City of Kalamazoo also wants to remind property owners about another ordinance which requires all property owners to keep their grass below a height of 12 inches and eliminate all noxious weeds (poison ivy, poison oak, ragweed, etc.)  Now is the time to tame your yard to avoid a ticket during the summer months.