Residents may be ticketed after trash left at rural garbage collection site after pickup

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Residents who left their trash bags unattended at Prottsman Sanitation in New London last week might be issued a ticket from the Henry County Sheriff?s office.

On Monday, Feb. 12, Henry County Supervisor Greg Moeller and Deputy Chad Doak went through several bags of trash that were left at the site after garbage was already collected. They were able to verify five people to be in violation of littering, one of whom is a Mt. Pleasant resident.

?There was a lot of snow on it,? Moeller said during the Board of Supervisor meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13. ?It looked like the garbage was there for a considerable amount of time. I don?t know how many days it was there, but it shouldn?t have been there.?

Typically, the hours of Prottsman Sanitation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but because of snow last Monday, Feb. 5, they closed at 2:30 p.m. County Auditor Shelly Barber said she called KILJ around 2:10 p.m. that day to notify the community that the rural garbage collection site would be closing early. Barber assumes the garbage was left that day.

The Sheriff?s office is going to send a deputy to the violators? homes to decide whether or not to issue a ticket.

This isn?t the first time this has happened. Supervisor Marc Lindeen said that in previous Supervisors meetings where Henry County Attorney Darin Stater was present, Stater said that an offense like this is grounds to prosecute if there is evidence of who the trash bags belong to.

Moeller said they went through the trash bags, separating them based on brand name and the way the bags were tied closed. He didn?t know how many bags collectively had been left.

Moeller said there is no reason people should be leaving garbage after it has been collected, adding that hours are posted clearly, and county residents can take their bags to another site if they can?t make it to the one they typically go to on a collection day.

In other news, the Henry County Engineering Department had one operation last week, and that was snow removal, said Jake Hotchkiss, County Engineer.

Territory operators worked the weekend, with ?everyone? sent out on Sunday for snow removal. Hotchkiss said that it takes typically two to three days to get to all of the routes.

?With the amount of snow we have, it seems that it takes longer,? Hotchkiss said.

This week, staff is working on cutting holes in windrows on gravel roads to let water off the roadways as the weather warms. He said it?s important snow isn?t pushed off gravel roads because that also removes the gravel.

?We?ve been fortunate the last few years, but this year we?ve gotten a reminder of what winter can be in Iowa,? Hotchkiss said.

During the meeting, Supervisors approved a resolution authorizing the issuance and levying of a tax for the payment of a $9.1 million general obligation capital loan for the jail project. The loan is on a 20-year payment schedule.

Supervisors also approved the naming of a subdivision Milkweed Way Subdivision. The subdivision is located on the west side of Iowa Ave., south of city limits and north of Big Creek.