Ordinance would empower leaf police

Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to consider a proposed ordinance that, as currently written, appears to require homeowners to remove leaves from the street in front of their homes.

The ordinance would amend an existing code provision dealing with refuse to make it apply to yard waste as well.

It also add new penalty provisions of up to $200 a day for violations.

In addition to barring people from throwing yard waste into the street, the ordinance would make it an offense to permit yard waste "to accumulate or remain in any street, alley or other public place."

The proposed ordinance comes in the wake of the city's adoption of a new yard-waste sticker program last year that has fallen several hundred thousand dollars short of generating the revenue city officials had anticipated.

In a memo proposing the ordinance, Public Works Director Suzette Robinson said most residents are following the new yard waste rules, but there's been "an increasing problem" of residents or contractors blowing or raking leaves into the streets.

Related documents

Proposed ordinance 8-O-11

Existing city code section 8-5-3(D)

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