CARY – Littering is now illegal in town.
The Village Board Tuesday enacted a littering ordinance that carries a $25 to $500 fine if a person is caught violating the rules.
The village previously did not have a ordinance.
The ordinance also would ban throwing or depositing handbills, such as advertisement materials or leaflets, on vacant private property. Handbills have to be given directly to property owners or occupants or be left on doorknobs.
Village staff began considering a littering ordinance after it received complaints of unwanted news publications in green bags being left in front of houses.
Deliveries were made repeatedly to vacant homes in the foreclosure process, leading to unsightly debris in parkways, driveways and other parts of residential properties, village staff said.
Under the new ordinance, newspapers can be delivered for free, but have to be distributed in a manner to prevent the papers “from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place or private property."
"The ... ordinance does not restrict deliveries from occurring, but it does place requirements on how the deliveries are made as related to creation of litter or a nuisance," according to a memo from staff to village trustees.
Village Administrator Chris Clark said the ordinance would be helpful in making sure publications are distributed appropriately.
"I do believe it will provide some value to us in terms of regulating how these newspapers are thrown on certain properties," Clark said. "It will give us some ability in some of the more challenging cases to properly, through code enforcement, deal with the issue."
Trustee David Chapman had concerns the ordinance would affect businesses and people who place fliers on cars as a way of advertising and marketing.
During the meeting Tuesday, however, the ordinance was adjusted to allow people to place fliers or handbills on vehicles as long as they are secure on the vehicle, such as underneath the wiper blade.
"We do have several of our [businesses] that use that as part of their marketing, especially as part of the new business openings," Chapman said.
In other action, the village board agreed to work with the park district to reconstruct Briargate Road and the Cary Community Center parking lot by approving an intergovernmental agreement.
Under the planned project, the village would pay for costs associated with the Briargate Road improvements from Tiger Trail to the southern limits, and the park district would pay for improvements east of the road right-of-way, which includes paving a 70-space parking lot.
To move the project forward, Christopher B. Burke Engineering has begun the design work. Construction is expected to begin the first week of September.