Grass Clippings And Leaves Clogging Drains In Marion

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

During the rainy days of the summer, homeowners in Marion were upset that grass clippings and leaves clogged storm drains.

"We've just noticed that some places it has gotten really bad where the gutters are full of debris," said Donna Kelly, homeowner. "When it rains, it clogs up the gutter system."

The City Council voted down an ordinance that would have issued fines for violators. Instead, they want residents to be reminded that yard waste can clog the system.

"If we all just work together, utilize the resources that are in place for us, we can dispose of the yard waste in a very easy manner for the citizens and then we'll all benefit," said Roger Holter, interim city administrator for Marion.

Residents can dispose of yard waste at the city's tree dump site for free. Other residents prefer to use the yard waste for mulch.

"All you have to do is run the mower the other way and push it back in the yard. That's no problem what so ever," said Eugene Chistensen, homeowner.

Holter's team created the "Keep the Lakes Where They Belong" campaign that would allow staff members to place a flyer inside utility bills to remind people of the problem and the solution.

The City Council will consider the marketing campaign at Monday's meeting.

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