After the issue was brought in front of the council during the last meeting, La Salle took action Tuesday night in an attempt to slow or stop the illegal usage of the city’s yard waste site.
The newly approved ordinance will include a fine for those found to illegally use the site in the range of $100 to $1,500. The particular fine amount will be determined by a judge and could vary on such factors as severity of illegal dumping, number of offenses and more.
The yard waste site, located near Rotary Park on the east side of town, has seen its fair share of illegal usage by citizens and contractors alike, according to city officials.
“This is not a city dump,” Alderman Tom Ptak said. “It should be considered a privilege for the city of La Salle residents to have a place to go and put their grass clippings and tree branches.”
La Salle reiterated Tuesday night that the location is available only for La Salle residents and only for yard waste and tree branches. Burning is also strictly prohibited at the location.
While the city is currently exploring the opportunity of added security and surveillance in at the location, the city council approved an ordinance amending Chapter 91 of the city code to help deter those from illegally using the site in the meantime.
The yard waste site currently has limited hours from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday for La Salle residents use.
The city has had supervision on the location to check if visitors are La Salle residents and turning away out-of-towners during certain times in an attempt to slow down this issue.
“If we don’t have cameras out there, we almost have to have somebody sitting out there to catch them,” Alderman James Bacidore said.
While the new ordinance will hopefully help solve the issue, some on the council, such as Alderman Doc Lavieri, stated that he has heard of residents that may be willing to volunteer their time to check identification to ensure this amenity continues to be available for those who use it properly.
A La Salle resident at the meeting also stated that he and others may be willing to volunteer to man the location at certain times to ensure its continuation.
The city will continue to make efforts toward improved safety and surveillance efforts and will now have the ordinance, and the fines associated with it, to help deter illegal users.