LEFT: If you blow clippings into the street, you must blow or sweep them up when you are done mowing – otherwise – you get fined! Do your share to keep the stormsewers system flowing!!!
Grass Clippings – – –
July 22, 2015
North Baltimore Village Council will be adopting an emergency ordinance prohibiting residents from placing grass clippings on streets, curbs, alleys or sidewalks. A draft of the proposed Ordinance is provided herein.
The recent rain events have challenged our stormwater system to its limits. Aggressive effort to keep debris especially grass clippings out of the stormwater system; catch basins, gutters, gutter grates, swales and ditches is essential to maximize the function of the stormwater system throughout the Village. This effort will improve the flow of stormwater and reduce the risk of localized flooding. Many stormwater pipes throughout the village are becoming clogged and needlessly plugged due to debris; mostly grass clippings.
All residents are asked to do their part to help improve the flow of stormwater; clean-up, bag, or mulch your grass clippings.
DON’T ALLOW GRASS CLIPPINGS TO ENTER THE STORMWATER SYSTEM!
GRASS CLIPPINGS & YARD WASTE –
Due to the negative impact on the Village’s Storm Water Collection system, it is hereby declared to be unlawful for any person, firm, association, or corporation to deposit, place, discard, drop or in any other manner scatter any grass clippings, leaves, branches or other lawn, garden, or tree waste in or upon the streets, curbs, sidewalks, or alleys of the Village of North Baltimore except as identified below.
a. Branches and tree limbs shall be placed together in bundles and placed at the appropriate street or alley line for collection by the Public Works Department on the appointed days as set forth in the published schedule.
b. Bagged leaves may be deposited in the street lawns of the Village near the curb in such a manner as directed by the Village Administrator at such times of the year as specified in public notices by the Village Office contemporaneously with the beginning and ending of such time periods.
c. Nothing in the Ordinance shall be construed as prohibiting the temporary scattering of grass clippings, leaves, or the like on Village streets, curbs, alleys, or sidewalks where the same occurs incidental to and during mowing, raking, or clipping operations provided the same shall thereafter be removed and corrected immediately at the conclusion of such operations.
Any person violating any provision of this Ordinance will be subject to a fine of $50.00 for the first offense and $100.00 for any subsequent offense.