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Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:46 pm

“Red Phone, what can I do about our neighbor in Morgan HIll who has been leaving his trash cans out all week? We asked him to stop, but the landlord say it’s our issue, not his. What’s the city code say?”

Red Phone: Dear Canned, Red Phone reviewed the Morgan Hill city code that lays out the rules regarding garbage cans.

Section 13.28.050 talks about the placement of garbage containers: No garbage container shall be placed or kept on or in any public street, alley, sidewalk, footpath or any public place, unless arrangements are made with the company by the customer for a side yard pickup and payment of the additional rate for side yard pickups.

Containers shall not be placed at the curbside for collection before 6 a.m. on the day preceding collection and shall be properly stored no later than 6 a.m. the day immediately following the day after collection.

Good caller, it appears your neighbor is violating the municipal code by not removing his garbage cans in a timely manner.

First Street very dangerous?

“Dear Red Phone, I’m calling regarding parking on the south side of First Street between Mission Park Apartments and Miller Avenue. They allow parking in front and it’s becoming very dangerous, First Street is too narrow. I’ve almost had two or three accidents there in the last couple of weeks. One was a UPS truck parked. They should paint red on all those curbs along First Street between Mission Park Apartments and Miller Avenue. Please get an answer on this one. Thanks a lot.”

Red Phone: Dear Straight and Narrow, Our city's traffic guru, Don Dey, took another look at the situation and reported that the city removed a lot of parking from First Street in the early 2000s, but left some residential- and business-serving parking areas. He checked the area in question and concluded that the lane width is safe.

The parking area serves visitors to the apartment complex and, said Dey. “There is no immediate safety hazard.”

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  • Tony_R posted at 9:35 am on Thu, Jul 12, 2012.

    Tony_R Posts: 76

    @Loriann, people dump stuff into my trash container (mostly bagged dog poop), even when I've removed it from the curb and put it away. I suppose that's better, though, than leaving it on my front lawn.

  • Loriann posted at 5:21 pm on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    Loriann Posts: 6

    I know what area of parking you are talking about. I pass it every day. I can say that those who drive at an excessive speed are only setting themselves up for an accident, therefore I approach cautiously and stay as far left as I can. The city will only approach the problem after a life is taken and i am sure in time this will happen, and then when a law suite is slapped on them, will they do something about it. And there is NO way it is safe for parking. It isn't even wide enough for a double lane going east. Same thing with all the area side walks that are buckling up, they keep trying to tell home owners they they are responsible to fix the sidewalks when in fact it is city property and when a person falls and hurt themselves, which is bound to happen, the city is going to get the law suite not the home owners. It so sad how these sidewalk have been neglected and parents can't even safely walk with their kids without walking out into the streets because the walkways are so dangerous. Especially on third west Westwood.

  • Loriann posted at 4:54 pm on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    Loriann Posts: 6

    I say start dumping your garbage in their container and at least you can get some extra use of it. If it is in the street, then it is fair dumping. They may decide to become more responsible when they need more dumping space themselves. [wink]