[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Norwich as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 4-27-1948 (Ch. 43, Art. I, of the 1967 Code)]
Every person, firm or corporation handling, moving or hauling garbage, ashes, trash or any form of refuse or waste material on, through or over streets of the City of Norwich shall observe the following rules and regulations:
Trucks, wagons or any other vehicles used shall be equipped with leakproof dump-type body or other type of leakproof body with solid side paneling.
No such vehicle shall be loaded to a point higher than the top edges of the body paneling, and the tail gate shall be kept raised and closed when the vehicle is in motion.
A tarpaulin, canvas or other suitable cover must be placed on top of the load when the vehicle is in motion to prevent any waste material from being blown or scattered from the vehicle onto the streets.
Operators of such vehicles shall take due care and caution in the operation of such vehicles and in the handling and hauling of such waste material to prevent the dropping or spilling of such material in the City streets.
[Amended 4-16-2002 by Ord. No. 3-2002]
The violation of any provision of this article shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both.
[Adopted 5-11-1932; amended in its entirety 4-21-2009 by Ord. No. 2-2009 (Ch. 43, Art. II, of the 1967 Code)]
All garbage and refuse shall be kept in a metal or durable plastic, nonleakable, tightly covered container designed to prevent the attraction of animals.
Every landlord must provide a suitable trash container for each occupied rental unit. The trash container shall be of suitable size to meet the needs of the occupants (i.e., a one-bedroom unit may have a container large enough to hold two bags of garbage per week; a two-bedroom, four bags per week, etc.). For larger occupancies, such as multifamily dwellings or commercial buildings, a dumpster may be provided as long as it is readily available to all occupants. Failure to provide such receptacles shall result in a minimum fine of $50 per unit, per offense.
Garbage and refuse must be stored in areas screened from view of the street.
Garbage and refuse containers are to be placed out for collection no earlier than 12 hours before scheduled pickup and cannot remain there for more than 12 hours after pickup.
Garbage and refuse cannot be placed on the street or sidewalk where it can interfere with bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles.
Accumulations of rubbish, including, but not limited to, vehicle parts, tires, scrap lumber, construction materials, old appliances, and leaves and branches in property yard are considered garbage. Leaves and branches may be piled temporarily, provided they are being gathered for disposal, but cannot remain in sight for an indefinite period of time.
Furniture designed for indoor use placed in a yard or on an unenclosed porch will be considered rubbish.
No person in charge or control of any property within the City, whether as owner, occupant, tenant or otherwise, shall allow any rubbish to remain on such property longer than 24 hours after notice given to such person to remove and dispose of such rubbish.
The following costs are hereby established to be imposed when the City or its independent contractor clears and cleans a noncomplying premises in accordance with § 474-3 herein:
For the purposes of this article, the "actual cost of the work" is defined as follows:
In the case of an independent contractor, the total agreed-upon contract consideration
In the case of the City performing the work, the sum total of man hours expended multiplied by the hourly wage, plus fringe benefits paid each City employee utilized, plus the sum total of equipment hours utilized multiplied by an hourly rental charge therefor.
A statement of costs incurred for clearing and cleaning, in accordance with §§ 474-3 and 474-5 herein, and a demand for payment of same upon completion of work shall be mailed to the addressee, person, partnership, corporation or other entity being the owner or in control of or charged with the control or management of the premises by United States Postal return-receipt-requested mail. Such statement of costs shall require payment to the Director of Finance not later than 30 days from receipt. Such statement shall say that in the event the costs are not timely paid, the costs will be forwarded without further notice to the addressee, added to the City real property taxes to be levied and collected against the premises and subject to the same penalty and interest charges and enforcement proceedings as applied to unpaid taxes.
In the event the said costs are not timely paid, the Director of Finance shall cause same to be added to the City real property taxes to be levied and collected against the premises, and same shall be subject to the same penalty and interest charges and enforcement proceedings, including tax sale, as applied to unpaid City real property taxes.
If the addressee from whom payment is demanded and not paid is exempt from the payment of real property taxes, the Common Council of the City of Norwich may direct the City Attorney to bring a proceeding in a court of competent jurisdiction for its collection and thereafter to proceed to enforce such judgment by lawful process.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a penalty of not more than $250 or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both, for each offense.