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July 10, 2013

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The refuse amnesty was called in response to widespread property damage that occurred when flash flooding hit citywide on June 28. Emergency responders pumped out an estimated 600 basements after 5 inches of rain fell in a few hours and overwhelmed the sanitary-stormwater sewer system.

Under the amnesty, there are no limits on how much refuse, including white goods, can be placed at the curb for pickup by Modern Disposal. Also, the rule directing set-out no more than 24 hours ahead of scheduled pickup is suspended.

Not suspended is the ban on putting electronic goods out to the curb, because Modern cannot take and landfill them.

High Street resident Jason Berent didn’t know that and put a water-damaged TV out to the curb with other items. On Monday — after a scavenger broke apart the TV, took its desired parts and dumped the remains in his yard, Berent said — he received a written warning from city code enforcement officer Bob Turner.

The pre-printed notice indicated Berent had violated four provisions of the local refuse-and-recycling law: bulk waste was out on the wrong day, loose refuse was on the sidewalk, extra bulk items didn’t bear the required OK-to-trash sticker; and refuse was placed at the curb too early.

The notice instructed Berent to “correct” the violations within 24 hours. Berent said he did so, by pulling as much junk back toward his house as he could.

Berent should not have received that notice, at least not without notation that the real issue was the TV, Mayor Tucker said Tuesday.

For the rest of the week, he said, Turner will be directed to refrain from handing out refuse warning notices unless they’re about un-disposable electronic goods — in which case Turner is to write that on the notice.

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