People parking in front yards 11.07

Written by David Green.

Morenci police have noticed a growing trend in town: the use of the front yard for parking vehicles.

City code specifies that front yard setbacks—yards that butt up against public streets—are to remain open except for trees, landscaping plant material and driveways.

Other than those exceptions, front yards are to remain unobstructed. For corner lots, the setback include both yards along the street. Parking in that setback area causes a visibility problem for drivers.

Zoning administrator Jack Baird says there has been an increase in front-yard parking, particularly where people have parked vehicles and other items for sale.

Baird understands that emergency situations and temporary guests can create parking problems and he urges residents to contact the police department about the situation to avoid receiving a ticket.

TRASH AND TRASH CARTS—A notice is this week’s paper reminds residents about city code regarding garbage at the curb.

Garbage and rubbish should not be placed at the curb more than 24 hours before the pickup day. Trash carts must be removed from the curb within 24 hours after 7 a.m. on collection day.

Many residents are leaving carts at the curb for several days after trash has been collected. There’s also been an increase in trash being placed at the curb days before pickup. In some cases, residents are taking loose trash to the curb that won’t be collected, due to the rule of only one bag (or cart) plus one bulky item a week.

Violators of this regulation can face a fine of $10 a day.

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