Code changes are continued effort to improve community appearance
Recently approved additions to the Crete City Code are part of elected officials’ proactive efforts to improve community appearance by calling attention to objects and materials on streets, sidewalks, alleys and other rights-of-way. The Crete City Council adopted new codes to manage materials deposited on or near streets, alleys, etc. and as with other city laws, voluntary compliance is far more desirable than enforcement actions.
The first item affects garbage and recycling totes, which may only be placed or left near the curb on the evening before or day of pick-up. Residents should remove receptacles from the curb once the items within have been picked-up. Fines range from $10 to $50 if the containers are left at the curb. (§4-207.02 RESIDENCE; REFUSE/RECYCLE RECEPTACLES; PLACEMENT AT CURB)
Also dealing with items at the curb or similar areas, furniture and other items cannot be left at or near the curb for more than 24 hours. Residents who wish to offer items that someone may want are allowed to leave it near the curb for 24 hours; after that, items need to be removed. Fines for this code violation range from $100 to $500. (§4-319 FURNITURE, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, MOTOR VEHICLE PARTS, LITTER, DISCARDED MATERIAL ON RIGHT-OF-WAY; PROHIBITED)
In addition, the elected officials wanted to address the practice of rock, gravel, dirt, construction material, litter, and/or containers placed upon any street, alley, right-of-way, or sidewalk. Prior permission is needed from the city for residents wanting to place materials in those areas. Fines range from $100 to $500. (§8-311 LITTER, OTHER MATERIAL DEPOSITED ON STREET, ALLEY, RIGHT-OF-WAY, SIDEWALK; PROHIBITED)
For questions, please contact the City of Crete Public Works Department at City Hall, 402.826.4312.
For more information on the city's Transfer Station - for disposal of large items or loads of household trash, and yard waste - see the Public Works-Garbage and Recycling section.