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Canastota: Container law passes

The village board approved a new law during a public hearing held at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Municipal Building. The board adopted Local Law #5 amending Chapter 179 of the village code to provide rules and regulations permitting and placement of Dumpsters, containers or receptacles for solid waste disposal within the village.

Anyone using a Dumpster, or similar receptacle will be required to obtain a permit from the village. Residents requiring a container for two weeks or less can do so without a charge. After two weeks, the fee is $25. Commercial users and contractor's permit fees will be $50.

Permit holders are required to let the village know what the container will be used for, the name and address of property owners abutting the usage site and how long the container will be there.

The container must not be placed within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Pre-existing dumpsters will not be "grandfathered" into this ordinance.

If more time is needed, permit holders would need to complete an application and the village may extend the period of time, but the village also may impose conditions in the opinion of the codes enforcement officer.

The local law also defines usage for commercial dumpsters, and states that if residential property owners contract work to be done the resident is responsible for all the fees and must abide by the rules set forth by the village.

"This way the village will know where the Dumpster is and how long it needs to be there," said Trustee Ann Marie Rossi. "We need to know if it will obstruct sidewalks."

Deputy Mayor Scott Rapasadi said Dumpster use is commonly temporary.

"But people have been using Dumpsters as their way of getting rid of junk," Rapasadi said. "They leave them out week after week after week."

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