At this past week’s city council meeting, a gentleman addressed the council in regards to excess debris, trash and manure being left in the alley by his garbage disposal unit. His concern was that people were leaving items that were not being disposed of properly or even by members of his residential area.
He was also concerned that he felt the city would not assist in addressing his problem, despite several calls to code enforcement and the Altus Police Department.
Normally, I would consider this an unfortunate, yet possibly isolated incident.
And then it happened to me.
Within hours of reading the gentleman’s comments in the newspaper on Thursday afternoon, I walked into the alley behind the newspaper office and discovered a mass of tree limbs stretching twenty feet stacked up behind our garbage units.
A quick look at the solid waste ordinances for the City of Altus, which can be found on their website at www.altusok.gov, informed me that it is not unlawful for tree limbs to be stacked up against a property line. To do so, they must be cut into 3 feet lengths and placed in the units on a weekly basis to give consideration to other residents.
The way things were left, I don’t see that happening in the near future. I can only guess at how long those limbs might remain there.
At a recent economic development meeting, I heard Councilman Jason Winters comment on how trashy Altus looked compared to other cities.
Is it any wonder as to why?
A code of ordinances is useless unless it is enforced.
By the same token, a code of ordinances is useless unless it is known and understood by the citizens it governs.
Considering both sides, I think we all may have some work to do.
Reach Matt Moran at 580-482-1221, ext. 2071.