If a home’s dumpster is visible from the street or alley, it’s time to start thinking of ways to get it hidden from view.
All trash collection areas, garbage cans, dumpsters and bins for collecting refuse, garbage or recyclables awaiting removal shall be enclosed within a building or screened from view from a public street or alley with walls having a minimum height of five feet, Kheli Mason, assistant zoning administrator, read at the Lake Delton Housing and Property Maintenance Committee meeting Feb. 7.
She compiled a list of violators with pictures of their violations and presented her findings.
Trustee Les Bremer asked if the ordinance includes every residential property in town with a dumpster.
Village Attorney Richard Cross said it does.
“All is all,” said Kay Mackesey, clerk, treasurer and coordinator.
“You can’t pick out one or two without picking out everybody,” Bremer said.
Mason said the ordinance doesn’t apply to the temporary placement of refuse, garbage or recyclables awaiting removal within 24 hours. Residents have 12 hours prior to pick up and 12 hours after, Mackesey clarified following the meeting.
Bremer asked about dumpsters being used for construction jobs.
Village engineer John Langhans said he doesn’t think it would apply to a temporary construction dumpster since it’s not going to be there forever, just the length of the project. If it’s a remodel that takes years, he said that would have to be discussed.
This was designed to clean up the neighborhood for when tourism people come through town, Trustee Cary Brandt said.
HuHot is an example of how it’s done properly, Mason said.
“It’s time to make a stand,” Brandt said. He said it won’t get better without doing anything.
If the village is going to send out a consistent enforcement letter, Langhans recommended picking a calendar date rather than a 30, 60 or 90 day notice.
Bremer asked about residential properties with dumpsters.
Langhans said this ordinance applies if you have a dumpster and it’s outside. If you’re a single family house choosing to have a dumpster, the ordinance applies the way it’s written, he said.
“If we do nothing, it gets worse,” Brandt said. “If we do all, it gets better.”
Langhans suggested focusing on the major routes first.
The committee recommended having a village-wide mailing of an awareness letter containing the ordinances being enforced with a May 1 deadline to comply. This still needs to go to the board for further discussion and approval.
Mason said she has three big things she wants to get in compliance, dumpsters, illegal temporary structures like corn cribs and illegal signs.
The committee continued their discussion on tourist lodging, Chapter 35, with Attorney Cross phoned in.
“The end game and goal of this is to keep this as simple and straightforward as possible so the playing field is level for any and all people applying for or having tourist rooming,” Brandt said.
There are so many variables in the marketplace between the mixing of resident and commercial uses, the fracturing up of condominium units, some are managed, some aren’t and some are fractured up, Cross said.
He said they could exempt the ones that don’t need to be watched and focus on the ones that do.
The committee decided to table the discussion until legal representation could be in house.