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Date of Issue: October 05, 2006

WMI: Public needs yard waste education

Some Holmes Beach residents are always complaining that the city isn't saving money, but at the same time, other residents are finding ways for the city to spend money unnecessarily, at least according to Commissioner Pat Morton.

As the commissioner designated as the liaison with Waste Management Inc., the city's contracted trash and waste hauling service, Morton has had more than his share of complaints about the service.

In the past few weeks, however, it's been WMI complaining, Morton told city commissioners at their Sept. 26 meeting.

That's because some residents have been dumping yard waste into the trash receptacles at the 74th Street beach access and that's a no-no under the city contract with WMI. The company has declined to empty those containers with yard waste, prompting the city to send public works department staff to transport the waste to the Manatee County landfill in eastern Manatee County.

Yard waste must be bagged or placed in the proper recepteacle and placed on the curbside, not dumped in a trash container at a beach access, Morton observed.

"WMI won't pick up the beach trash cans when they're filled with yard waste. It's a big problem. You talk to people about saving money, but here we are spending money needlessly," he said. There's a need for public education about the proper disposal of trash and yard waste.


Code board stays

In other business, an ordinance to replace the city's code enforcement board with a special master failed to even reach the discussion stage as no commissioner was inclined to second the motion and move the issue for discussion and a vote.

The city had discussed the issue for several months and the ordinance even passed the first reading on Sept. 12.

But code board members Don Maloney and Don Schroder had argued against dissolution of the board, claiming it was better to have city residents solve code issues than an "off-island" attorney.

The commission apparently agreed and the ordinance died for lack of a second.

Commissioners also discussed an appeal by several residents adjacent to the Key Royale Club of a building officials' decision about the location of its dumpster. The commission agreed, however, to let the club and the appealing parties work out a compromise.

Commissioner Roger Lutz noted that it appears the club has already moved the dumpster about 15 feet farther back from the edge of the road and planted oleander bushes around the location as an aesthetic improvement.

The commission set Oct. 24 as the deadline for a compromise.

The draft evaluation and appraisal report prepared by professional planner Bill Brisson was also discussed, including several conflicts between the city's zoning map and future land-use map.

Commissioners agreed to set a date for the public hearing on the EAR after the November elections.