Garbage ordinance amendment postponed
By Cassie Lennox
An attempt to provide clarity in a city ordinance about the storage of garbage carts has caused some debate among community members and city officials, resulting in another delay on a decision.
Stevens Point Alder Cindy Nebel, District 3, proposed an amendment to an ordinance related to garbage cart storage to the city Public Protection Committee on Oct. 9. She wanted to point out there are two separate ordinances related to garbage cart storage, and she was looking for more consistency and clarity between the two.
The proposed amendment was scheduled to be before the Stevens Point Common Council Monday, Nov. 20, but prior to meeting – after the meeting notice was published – Nebel requested the item be postponed; council agreed to forego making a decision until next month.
Members of the council, including Nebel, are hoping the postponement will provide time to create an amendment that provides the clarity and consistency between the two current ordinances, but also doesn’t make community members feel they are being restricted.
“Somehow this became an issue of restriction when it was never about that. It’s about clarity. I wanted to show that there was not clarity,” Nebel said at the Public Protection meeting last month. “My point was never to restrict more.”
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