Granby Board plans Fall Clean-Up Day
September 27, 2016
Winter is quickly approaching in the high country and that means there are only a few more weeks left for locals to make final preparations before we are all engulfed in a seemingly endless tide of frosty white.
This fall the Town of Granby is planning to emphasize the importance of keeping the community clean and will be holding a Fall Clean-Up Day as an opportunity for Town residents to clean up and clear out their homes, lots and local right-of-ways to insure Granby remains relatively trash and debris free this winter.
The Fall Clean-Up Day will be held during the last week in Oct. and will coincide with a renewed Town emphasis on code-enforcement, with an eye specifically on trash, waste and debris violations. For the Fall Clean-Up Day the Granby Town government will provide several roll-off dumpsters for citizens to deposit approved trash items in at no charge.
Granby Mayor Paul Chavoustie said Town officials are still working out a specific date for the Fall Clean-Up Day and are working to develop a list of what items Granby residents can dump at pre-determined points where the roll-off dumpsters will be located. Some of the items town residents will be allowed to dump include: tree branches (but not tree stumps), wood products, microwaves and more. Granby Town government is working to develop a more comprehensive list.
Additionally Granby Town staff members will be examining Town owned right-of-ways throughout the community with plans to clean those up as well. The Town plans to begin enforcing codes more rigorously and the local police department will be ticketing citizens who violate Town codes.
Citizens are asked to cleanup their yards and lots and take special care to insure they leave no waste or debris in Town owned right-of-ways. The renewed focus on code enforcement is set to begin after the official Fall Clean-Up Day in late October, giving community residents an extra opportunity to clean up some, or all, of the debris they are responsible for that violates Town codes.
During a late Aug. Granby Board of Trustees meeting several Board members expressed their concerns about the ongoing issue of town codes and of community residents storing items on Town owned right-of-ways. The items are typically left on town owned right-of-ways by adjoining property owners, often on properties where the exact property line is not clearly defined.
The presence of vehicles, yard waste, tree limbs and other debris on Town owned right-of-ways impede the work of Town employees. Trustee Becky Johnson highlighted an incident that occurred this past summer when Town employees were impeded from mowing a right-of-way of Diamond Ave. due to debris from citizens living near the right-of-way. "People are using the right of way as their garbage dump…" said Trustee Johnson. "He (a Town employee) could only mow 12-inches instead of the normal three to four feet like he does every Fourth of July."
The Town of Granby plans to inform citizens about both the Fall Clean-Up Day and the renewed emphasis on code-enforcement within the community during the water bill statements the Town will mail out to residents during the first week of Oct.
The renewed emphasis on code-enforcement raised questions about the need for hiring a code-enforcement-officer. Trustee Johnson said she did not anticipate needing to hire a code-enforcement-officer and framed the effort as a long-term paradigm shift rather than a project specifically for the fall of 2016, estimating it would take several years for the overall dynamics in the community to change. "It is not going to happen overnight," Johnson said.
Additionally the Granby Board asked Granby Chief of Police Bill Housley to direct the Town's police officers to provide a verbal first warning to residents in violation of town codes. Residents would then have an additional week to rectify the code violation before officers would issue a written citation.