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February 16, 2001

City warns residents on rules for disposing trash, branches

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 16, 2001 - With spring coming many people are trimming trees and cleaning up their yards, but they may also be receiving tickets if they are not properly disposing of the branches.
Director of the Pecos Health and Sanitation Department Armando Gil said that many people are disposing of the tree limbs and branches in the alleyways in hopes that it would be picked up. But some of the branches surpass the maximum length limits allowed.
Gil said that Duncan Disposal, the company Pecos contracts with to provide trash pick-up services, has agreed in their contract that the branches would be picked up if they were in three-foot lengths otherwise it would not be picked up.
"We're asking the people themselves to take it to the landfill," he said.
Gil said that every homeowner is able to dump 2,000 lbs. of trash per month for free at the current transfer station, located about a half mile east of Highway 17 and across from the Lindsey Addition entrance on the southwest side of town.
If people surpass the 2,000-lbs. limit per month they would be charged $35 for each additional ton of trash.
He said that Duncan Disposal would like to encourage people to cut the branches in three-foot sections in order to take it out to the transfer station but that any size of branch would be allowed.
"When you take it to the landfill you can take it at any size," he said.
If people choose not to haul the branches off themselves but continue to leave them in the alley they could receive a verbal warning by the local code enforcement officer.
Gil said that the people are given three days to comply after being given the warning, otherwise they would be given a citation and must appear before a judge.
Gil said that he or the code enforcement officer does not have to give warnings to community members but they do so as a courtesy.
City Manager Carlos Yerena said that giving warnings is better for everyone involved.
"The ideal situation is to give a warning and if they don't comply then issue a citation," he said.
Gil said many citizens have complained to his office that they have complied with the request from Duncan Disposal to cut the branches into three-foot sections but the disposal company has not picked up the branches.
"The only thing I can tell them to do is keep calling (the company)," he said.
Gil said they also have been having trouble keeping the alleys free of other items including mattresses, tires, refrigerators and other big items.
He said that not many citations have been issued on items like those because it is hard to determine where the trash has come from.
Gil said that since there are four houses to each dumpster it is hard for them to give a ticket to one person unlike the tree branches were they could look to find who has been cutting their trees.
However, he added that all they would need is for a neighbor or witness to testify against whoever dumped the large items in the alley.
Gil said that he wants to encourage the community members to dump those large items themselves at the transfer station.
He said that most items could be dumped with the exception of refrigerators.
"The only thing they're not taking right now is the refrigerators because of the freon," Gil said. Federal law regulates the disposal of items using freon gas, due to damage it reportedly causes to the environment.

Parks revokes man's probation on marijuana possession charge

PECOS, February 16, 2001 - One man was sentenced to five years in prison in 143rd District Court in Pecos today, after he violated terms of his probation in connection with a drug arrest 3½ years ago.
Antonio Villareal Suchil was originally sentenced to four years community supervision-deferred adjudication, for marijuana possession on Oct. 30 1997.
District Court Judge Bob Parks sentenced Suchil to five years in prison during court this morning, after finding he had violated several terms of his probation.
Parks also heard several pre-trail cases on drug possession charges, along with several tax cases.

Honor Society blood drive set Feb. 28 at PHS

PECOS, February 16, 2001 - The National Honor Society at Pecos High School is sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 28, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Pecos High School gymnasium.
United Blood Service of Midland will supervise the blood driver, and all donors will receive T-shirts, along with free juice and cookies after their donation.
To schedule an appointment, call the high school at 447-7224. For more information about persons who are eligible to donate blood, call the UBS office at 1-800-371-5539.


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High Thursday 66. Low this morning 38. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the upper 20s. East wind 5 to 15 mph. Saturday: Mostly sunny. High in the mid 60s. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Low 30 to 35. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid to upper 30s. Highs in the upper 60s to the lower 70s.

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