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Ordinance #332
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 • Posted February 12, 2008 10:00 PM

For 10 years the Keep Blanco Beautiful directors, officers and volunteers have diligently worked to make the citizens of Blanco aware of environmental issues such as voluntary compliance, violations and penalties to Ordinance No. 332:

Public Safety - Unsafe, Unsightly Or Unsanitary Conditions

An Ordinance Regarding Unsafe, Unsightly Or Unsanitary Accumulations Within The City Of Blanco, Declaring Such To Be Hazards To Public Health And Sanitation, Establishing Fines And Penalties For Violators And Providing For Enforcement Thereof.

This ordinance was revised, passed and approved on the 13th day of May, 2003 to protect more effectively the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City of Blanco, and to promote this aim by incorporating the provisions of the laws of the State of Texas. It was signed by Mayor Jim Rodrique.

The Great American Cleanup starts on March 1 and we would like to encourage all residents to start cleaning up their properties to comply with Ordinance No. 332. If you need to haul metal items away including appliances they can be taken to the Blanco County Recycling Center on Jones Road. You can recycle glass, plastic, paper. On April 5 the Blanco citizens will be able to take other household items to the free dump at the city yard.

On February 10 there were more than 30 locations between the East side of 281 to Country Road and 7th Street to 16th Street that had violations including;

1.1 the accumulation of refuse, vegetation or other matter that creates breeding and living places for insects and rodents (and rattlesnakes)

1.2 the accumulation of materials or matter that creates a public safety hazard

1.3. the existence of a dangerously damaged or deteriorated structure and improvement; junk cars are included

3.1 "Refuse: refers also to "garbage", "junk", or "rubbish": and shall mean and include all material, new or used, decayable, or non-decayable, which is kept, stored, or allowed to accumlate upon property, creates or tends to create an unsafe, unsightly, or unsanitary environment, promotes the breeding and habitat for insects, rodents or other vermin, or has a blighting influence on the property in question or on the neighborhood.

3.2 "Vegetation" refers also to any plant matter, weeds, shrubs, brush, vines, or grasses which have achieved such growth, or to clippings, fallen leaves or branches which by their accumulation, creates or tends to create an unsafe, unsightly, or unsanitary environment, promotes the breeding and habitat for insects, rodents or other vermin, or has a blighting influence on the property in question or on the neighborhood.

3.3 "Materials or matter that creates a public safety hazard" includes discarded automobiles, appliances, building materials or implements.

Violations of this ordinance shall be a Class C misdeameanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000. The City of Blanco Municipal Court shall have the authority to assess fines and penalties necessary to enforce this ordinance.

If you see violations you can file a complaint with the Blanco City Hall or call Blanco City councilwoman Rebecca Howerton at 833-4950

Let's work together to Make and Keep Blanco Beautiful by complying with Ordinance No. 332.

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