[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Weston effective 6-2-2011 (Ch. 11A of the 1981 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public safety of persons, reduce unnecessary environmental waste, and save money for the residents of the community of Weston by establishing standards for the placement of unsolicited bulky printed materials on private property. These standards are designed to protect and promote the public welfare, health and safety of persons within the community, and to aid in the development and promotion of community affairs.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BULKY PRINTED MATERIAL
- Any commercial, advertising or promotional document consisting of more than 100 pages.
- Any natural person or any business, legal or governmental entity or association.
No person shall cause to be thrown, deposited or distributed any unsolicited bulky printed material in or upon any private premises if requested by the resident thereof not to do so.
Any unsolicited bulky printed material caused to be thrown, deposited or distributed in or upon any private premises shall bear, in conspicuous print on the front cover and/or in the table of contents thereof 1) a statement that the resident has the option not to receive such material, and 2) a toll-free number, mailing address, website address or electronic mailing address that the resident may use to provide notice that such resident no longer wishes to receive such material. Such material shall not be distributed to the resident at such premises, beginning 90 days after the request is made, for a period of three years after such notice is given.
Even if the resident of any private premises has not elected to opt-out pursuant to Subsections A and B of this section, the following provisions shall apply to such private premises:
No person shall cause to be thrown, deposited or distributed any unsolicited bulky printed material in or upon such private premises if doing so would produce litter, as defined in C.G.S. § 22a-248(4).
Any person who causes to be thrown, deposited or distributed any unsolicited bulky printed material in or upon any private premises shall retrieve any such bulky printed material that residents do not pick up within 30 days.
Any person who causes to be thrown, deposited or distributed any unsolicited bulky printed material in or upon any private premises shall pay for all costs incurred by the Town in cleaning up litter caused by such unsolicited bulky printed material found on sidewalks, streets, and in storm drains.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be fined $90 for each such violation. Each such occurrence of a violation and each day such a violation is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate violation and shall be subject to a separate penalty. All fines imposed under this section shall be enforced by citations issued by the enforcing officer, defined as the First Selectman or his/her designee, acting pursuant to the provisions of Section 5.1 of the Town Charter. The enforcing officer shall follow the applicable procedures set forth in C.G.S. § 7-152c.
The First Selectman is hereby authorized to appoint an Appeals Committee consisting of three residents of the Town of Weston, appointed by the First Selectman and approved by the Board of Selectmen, who shall act by majority vote as citation hearing officers, pursuant to the applicable provisions of C.G.S. § 7-152c, in all hearings for alleged violations of this chapter.
This chapter shall apply throughout the Town of Weston.