Trash talk over barrel ordinance and fine in Lowell
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Failing to remove your trash barrel from the side of the curb 12 hours after trash pickup results in a $25 fine, according to the city ordinance.
But while walking down Lawrence Street in Back Central, numerous trash barrels sit at the edge of the sidewalk all week -- and these residents never receive a violation notice from Lowell City Hall.
Building Commissioner Shaun Shanahan says the city is not requiring these residents to bring the trash barrels back-and-forth because of the stairs at their addresses.
“It’s just common sense,” Shanahan said last week. “They have no driveway and no ramp to bring them down.
“It comes down to safety,” he added. “We don’t want anyone getting hurt over a trash barrel.”
But some residents are frustrated the city allows trash barrels to remain out in the open, including Back Central resident Bill Daley.
The trash barrels have been along Lawrence Street, between Moore and Agawam streets, for about three years, according to Daley. The residents do not get fined for it, he emphasized.
“They all know about it, but do absolutely nothing,” he said of city officials.
“The problem lies in the inspectional services,” Daley added.
The building commissioner reiterated the safety issue with the stairs at these residences.
“Any number of stairs is dangerous,” Shanahan said.
Trash barrels also remain along sidewalks in Centralville, as some residents leave them there “for eternity,” said Ann Marie Page, of the Lowell Citywide Neighborhood Council.
The barrels three feet from the front porch don’t look aesthetically pleasing, she added.
“I see it quite often,” Page said. “Who wants a large trash barrel in front of their house all week long? I don’t. I put them away as soon as possible.”
Across the street from her residence in Centralville, the trash barrels stay outside all week but the resident there has some health issues and stairs to deal with.
“I can understand that,” Page said. “It’s the other people who leave them out because they don’t want to bring them up to their yard. I don’t get it.”
Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com