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Illegal dumpers targeted

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

If you’re a county resident who brings their trash into town and puts it in a city or residential trash can, you have been warned. The city is coming for you.
At its regular meeting Monday night, the Custer City Council approved moving forward with a “trash thief” ordinance, which will slap fines on county residents who fill up city trash cans with their garbage when they come to town.
City public works director Bob Morrison and city attorney Chris Beesley worked together to craft the outline of an ordinance — the form the document will have to in before it can be passed by the council and take effect. Morrison said the city receives a great deal of trash from county residents (who aren’t required to have trash services), particularly in the city’s trash cans in local parks.
“The residents of Custer pay for that,” he said, adding that the more trash the city takes to the landfill, the more it is charged.
Morrison said crafting an ordinance will cover a “soft spot” in a “theft of services” law already on the books. The ordinance will not apply to local businesses, because they are under separate contracts. He said the ordinance would prevent county residents from dumping in a city residents’ trash can even if the city resident said it is OK to do so. However, any ordinance will not prohibit someone from depositing designated recyclable materials in recycle containers in the city.

If you’re a county resident who brings their trash into town and puts it in a city or residential trash can, you have been warned. The city is coming for you.

At its regular meeting Monday night, the Custer City Council approved moving forward with a “trash thief” ordinance, which will slap fines on county residents who fill up city trash cans with their garbage when they come to town.

City public works director Bob Morrison and city attorney Chris Beesley worked together to craft the outline of an ordinance — the form the document will have to in before it can be passed by the council and take effect. Morrison said the city receives a great deal of trash from county residents (who aren’t required to have trash services), particularly in the city’s trash cans in local parks.

“The residents of Custer pay for that,” he said, adding that the more trash the city takes to the landfill, the more it is charged.

Morrison said crafting an ordinance will cover a “soft spot” in a “theft of services” law already on the books. The ordinance will not apply to local businesses, because they are under separate contracts. He said the ordinance would prevent county residents from dumping in a city residents’ trash can even if the city resident said it is OK to do so. However, any ordinance will not prohibit someone from depositing designated recyclable materials in recycle containers in the city.

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Larry Cates
August 24th, 2013 at 10:00am

When the population density in the surrounding area around the City is equal to the population of Custer itself there appears to be a larger issue developing. Too many of the residences surrounding Custer, use its infrastructure to their advantage without paying for it like we city citizens do.
This trash dumping by county residents suggests that its time for these residents pay for City services just like the rest of us do.
Therefore, the City should begin the process of annexing these outlying neighborhoods. The tax question is but one consideration. What about the environment issues of sewage, water and air quality caused by graveled, unpaved roads and subdivision streets. Of course the City of Custer then has an obligation to these "New Residents" to provide services that address the issues that appear to be more critical to health and well-being to all of us.
Annexing these subdivisions with a 3 to 5 distance of city center were there is more that 5 residences per square miles seems to me is an appropriate remedy to this developing issue.
A piece-meal approach to solving this greater problem is very inadequate and doesn't address the larger over-riding problems that have developed over recent history of real estate development. The City of Custer and Custer County should coordinate this process of Annexation.

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