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Peekskill Officials to Address Downtown Trash Build Up

City officials want to team up with landlords, business owner to reduce the visibility of trash bags in downtown area during the weekends.

In some cases, one man’s garbage can be another man’s treasure.

But in most cases, trash is just trash and Peekskill Councilwoman Drew Claxton said she’s seeing too much of it during Monday’s Common Council work session.

Claxton said the trash situation downtown really caught her attention last Sunday.

“I don’t care what block I was on, there were bags of garbage everywhere,” Claxton said. “It was Sunday morning, some of it had been out since Saturday afternoon. I know we don’t pick up, nor can we pick up—I understand where we’re at—on Sunday. But a lot of it is household garbage.”

Claxton fears that residents or anyone entering the downtown area will be turned off by the sight of trash piles cluttering the city.

“You can go to South Street, you can go to park street, you can go to Main Street, you can go to James Street....everywhere,” Claxton said.

Acting City Manager Brian Havranek said it is a matter of building owners educating their tenants and the citing fining owners whose buildings continue to be a problem.

Hravanek added that trash pickup takes place downtown at about 10 a.m., which gives people enough time bring their trash outside for pickup on the day that it's scheduled. Hravanek said he’s sent email out to the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Improvement District to get the word out to people that trash needs to be put out Monday, by 9:30 a.m.

“I think through the BID and the Chamber and through the city, we’ll just have to do some type of a mass notification collectively and see where that takes us,” Havranek said.

“We have to look at the budget if we’re going to do something else on weekends,” Hravanek said. “But at a minimum, I think we need to at least get the word out and see where that takes us. That, we can do without a lot of expense.”

Editor's Note: The name of the acting city manager of Peekskill was misspelled in an earlier version of this story. The spelling has been corrected.

millwgt October 14, 2012 at 02:39 PM
You do not need to warn the people. Just write the tickets/fines. As a homeowner i put my bulk trash out on the wrong day by the time i got home from my job around 5pm Wednesday i already had a 50.00$ fine for the trash. when i called to fight it they quoted the regulations and said there was nothing they could do,I should be aware of the rules
Leslie Masson October 15, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Your intentional misspelling of Councilwoman Claxton's name is quite obnoxious. You are too smart a woman to continually act like a smart _ss.
RealTimeRufus October 15, 2012 at 07:34 PM
If you had the death penalty for littering, people wouldn't litter. If I were mayor, I'd consider passing such a law. But that's me. I can be a little extreme at times. Perhaps a better solution would be to force the offender to eat the trash on the spot. Probably as good a deterrent as the hangman. I look forward to getting your vote next year. REAL TIME 4 MAYOR. HE'LL STOP THE LITTERING.
Wendy Kelly October 15, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I oppose Meth Clinic and litter bugs too!
Coach Girl 1971 October 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM
To all City Council Members, if you want to clean up Peekskill maybe when your leaving City Hall you should turn your heads to the left and take a look up the block at 205 Nelson Ave. This utterly disgusting apartment building is allowed to keep its doors open, even though it is violating numerous city and housing laws. No screens on any windows in the building, no safety bars on any windows to prevent children from falling out of the "screen-less" windows. People not able to open their windows due to having no screens, and the constant infestation of flies that surround the building. The building is also infested with mice, and when i say infested, thats exactly what i mean. There is constantly garbage on the street and sidewalk in front of building, along with an area, by the door way that smells so strongly of urine, you have to hold your breath. And all of this literally steps from City Hall's front door!!!! So if you want to clean up Peekskill, get rid of the slum lords, who take money from tenants, but never put that money back into the community, or their own property!!! Makes me think is the Mayor or her Council members in the pocket of slum lord Anthony from Kelly Courts, 205 Nelson Ave???? Are they taking money to turn their heads and not look down the street???? Do they care that this man is a welfare scammer, that he has 9 people living in a one bedroom apartment??? Or is the money their taking from him just too good????

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