Walla Walla City Council adds garbage pickup options, sidewalk ordinance

New recyling bins stacked behind a fence at the fairgrounds on January 8, 2010 wait to be distributed to Walla Walla neighborhoods.

New recyling bins stacked behind a fence at the fairgrounds on January 8, 2010 wait to be distributed to Walla Walla neighborhoods. Jeff Horner

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WALLA WALLA — City Council added more services for curbside recycling and, at the same Wednesday night meeting, removed an ineffective city ordinance that dealt with lawsuits for unsafe sidewalks.

In a recent report by the Public Works department, officials reviewed numerous sidewalk concerns dealing with uneven, crumbling and obstructed sidewalks that are a hazard and do not meet Americans With Disabilities Act regulations.

The report also addressed the issue of an ordinance that allowed city officials to charge property owners for any personal injury damages the city incurred as a result of unsafe sidewalk. But a 1994 court decision determined that cities can’t transfer their liability damages to private property owners, so the city ordinance was ineffective, officials reported.

Council unanimously voted to remove the ordinance from the books.

As for curbside recycling, heavy users of the bi-weekly service who find they need more bin space can now obtain a second bin for an additional $4.39 per month.

City officials also unanimously approved offering carryout services for recycling bins to match the current service offered for regular trash bin.

Carryout service allows property owners to leave trash or recycling bins in accessible and visible locations in yards so the sanitation crews can take out the bins and return them.

The cost is $3.50 per bin.

The service is available on both a regular and one-time basis and can be arranged by calling 527-4479.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

Comments

VinoTinto 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Walla Walla has a terrible recycling program! They hardly take anything and the service sucks. For a northwestern town it could do way better!

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