The season for spring cleaning has arrived, and the streets of Elkins are no exception.
City officials and the Elkins Police Department are teaming up to ask that city residents, business owners and visitors do their part to keep the streets spruced up by moving their vehicles out of the city street sweeper's way at designated hours and locations. (For specific information, see page A2).
Elkins Police Chief Rob White wants to send a friendly reminder to the public that the EPD will begin issuing $15 tickets to people who fail to abide by the schedule and move their vehicles on Monday, May 6.
"We do everything we can to tell people by circulating the information to all media outlets and often putting fliers in people's windshields," White said. "You have to clean the streets, and you do it for several reasons. First and foremost, it's more sanitary and creates a cleaner environment."
Secondly, dirty streets often result in rain washing debris down storm drains, which can consequently become clogged, White said.
"You clean your driveway, so why wouldn't you clean the streets?" the chief asked.
City operations manager Bob Pingley said it's important residents comply for two reasons.
"There are two things - aesthetics, the appearance of the city - and also, it keeps leaves, gravel and sticks out of the storm sewer and combined sewer systems," he said.
Pingley had one additional street sweeper-related request.
"When you're cutting your grass, please don't blow the grass out into the street," he said. "It's really hard for the street sweeper to pick up something that fine and it goes right into the storm drains.
"We do have a prohibition in the city code against that," Pingley said.
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