BY DAN HINER
ROAMING SHORES – Roaming Shores Village Council held a special meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss the village composting site. After a long meeting, the board established new policies and procedures for the site.
The composting site, located on US Route 6, allows residents and contractors to dispose of leaves, grass clippings, roots, bushes and branches or trees less than four inches in diameter. However, some offenders have been identified after removing inappropriate material.
The new policies were passed 6-0 as an emergency ordinance by council members.
“[The compost site] is a kind of honor system. Over the years he has been abused, ”said Ed Koziol, council member for the Village of Roaming Shores. “Big tree stumps in there, plastic bags… big round trees over four inches in diameter. And it doesn’t go back far enough.
Roaming Shores manages the shredding of materials at the composting site. The cost will be around $ 13,000 this year after not shredding the waste last year. The cost can be spread over two years.
The composting site will be equipped with new locks and a key distribution system. The mayor’s office or a designate may issue a key after documents indicating residence have been handed over to the mayor or a designate.
Registered entrepreneurs can get a daily pass or pay for a $ 500 annual pass, valid from January 1 to December 31. This will allow access to the site keys. Keys must be returned on the day of delivery or on Monday if a key was handed over on Friday.
Failure to return the key will result in a penalty of $ 50 for each day it is not returned. Anyone who violates the order, interferes with the cameras, or witnesses an offense will be fined a first degree offense and face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a potential fine of $ 1,000.
The Roaming Shores Police Department will also lock down the facility after sunset, according to Koziol.
The composting site had cameras to record those entering the facility, but the cameras died in the summer with over 5,000 uncontrolled images.
“We weren’t doing a good job of managing at this point,” Koziol said. “Moving forward, a few spot checks.”
The police were also unable to patrol the compost since it was in the Canton of Rome. Now the site has been annexed to Roaming Shores, which allows for police surveillance.
The site will also have a solar powered camera in the near future. The cameras were obtained through a grant from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council. Village administrator Duane Helms said the cameras could be in place by the end of the week.
“We are looking for another grant for a door at the main entrance. It will be the year to come, ”Koziol said. “That will be activated by a key fob and identify the owner of that key fob similar to the door we have at the boat launch.”
Council members recognized that most residents and contractors use compost responsibly. But a few offenders were responsible for the policy change.
They also planned to send messages via email and the village newsletter to publicize the changes as quickly as possible.
“By implementing these new procedures, it should allow us to spend less money and redeploy these financial resources elsewhere,” said village councilor Sally B. Fell.