Berryville readies for spring clean-up

Friday, March 9, 2012

BERRYVILLE -- Spring Clean-Up is scheduled to start April 9 in Berryville when city workers begin combing the streets for bundled limbs and bagged leaves set out at the curb.

The following week, beginning Monday, April 16, crews will be picking up old furniture, appliances and bulky items.

Residents of Berryville are asked to abide by the rules.

"Don't take advantage of it -- so we can keep doing it," said Mayor Tim McKinney when he announced the dates at the Berryville City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

McKinney said the city has been offering this service for 10 years or more.

Alderman Cindy George asked McKinney what provisions had been made for electronics since they weren't included in the Spring Clean Up list of allowable items.

He said "later in the year" there would be a county-wide electronics roundup funded by a Carroll County Solid Waste Authority grant. He envisioned designated "drop off" sites across the county when the roundup takes place.

In the meantime, Berryville residents can prepare for their city-wide clean-up by following the rules.

Limbs must be tied in manageable bundles and placed curbside.

Only two appliances per household will be allowed.

All refrigeration units must have freon removed and be legally tagged as "removed/recovered."

Bags of trash or any other items that can be placed in trash bags will not be picked up.

The city will not pick up tires, batteries, scrap metal or broken glass.

Spring Clean Up is for private residences only -- there will be no commercial pickup.

City crews will travel city streets multiple times during Spring Clean-Up. There are no set routes.

In other business, McKinney updated the council on two condemnation orders that were issued recently on fire damaged properties owned by Don Thompson.

One of the two may be retracted if a potential buyer complies with city requirements and purchases building permits to refurbish the single family home, located at 304 E. Freeman Ave., just east of Stubbs grocery. That structure is reportedly sound and repairable.

If the buyer complies, it was suggested the city keep the condemnation order active until the house meets criteria to protect city interests.

The deadline for Thompson to respond to the 30 day notices was this Friday, March 9, McKinney said, and there had been no response so far.

McKinney said he expected to proceed with condemnation of the other property, a duplex located at 317 and 319 Pritchard Street. Its roof had fallen in and the building posed a safety hazard, especially with children in the neighborhood.

"After the 9th, we have the right to go in," he said.

With no other business, the council adjourned. The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Berryville City Hall.

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