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Waterloo mayor declares war on messy properties

Mayor Ted Young has seen enough violations of the village’s solid waste code.

He will devote much of Monday’s Village Board meeting to discussing the proliferation of couches, mattresses, bed springs and old TVs put out by the curb and ways to address the problem.

“It’s gotten real bad this summer. We need to crack down on enforcing our code and upping the fines,” Young said. “It’s not so much local residents, but renters who come and go and leave this junk by the curb when they leave. The landlords are big offenders as well.”

Young said the village’s garbage trucks are designed to handle regular household trash, not large items such as discarded furniture and electronics.

“We notice a violation, send the homeowner a letter giving them time to get rid of the items and if they don’t, we make arrangements and bill the property owner,” Young said.

“We’re thinking of strict enforcement of the code and increasing the fines to the level that Seneca Falls just went to of around $400,” he added.

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