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Avon Lake Scavengers Will Need Licenses

City proposing $15 fee for a license.

After several homeowners expressed concern over safety and having items accidentally removed from homes by scavengers, the city is hoping to approve legislation that will require scavengers to be licensed.

“The concept wasn’t to remove the scavengers…but wanted to take into effect concerns,” City Council President Martin O’Donnell said.

The legislation is based off of Fairview Park’s legislation. The city is suggesting the cost of a license be $15 per year, an amount O’Donnell said was reasonable and not prohibitive.

O’Donnell said residents approached council last year concerned that scavengers were taken items not meant for the trash, were leaving trash in disarray and were turning concerning residents that scavenger trucks appeared to be “casing” neighborhoods.

In March, an Avon Lake man's breathing machine was taken off his driveway, with police believing it may have been accidentally taken by scavengers.

Law Director Abe Lieberman said the legislation allows for a time to be determined as to what times of day scavenging will be permitted.

Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch wanted a magnetic sign the sides of each licensed vehicle with "Registered Recycler" and a phone number so an individual can contact the scavenger if an item were mistakenly taken.

Legislation, which specifies unlicensed scavengers could be charged with a minor misdemeanor, will be reviewed at three public meeting before a vote is taken.

Avon Lake's trash collection is on Monday.

Jim Brady December 06, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Dumbest idea our council has had in years. If my neighbor puts out a shelf I can use in my basement, do I have to go pay $15.00 first? Way to over-react to one incident. Heck, I have had many of the scrappers come up to my garage and help me move stuff out to their vehicles. Most are just trying to make a buck in a lousy economy.
Leo December 06, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I am so glad Jim, Jeff and who ever else has never had a problem with scrappers. To bad many more have. Also dont try to make them all out to be noble recyclers, some are, and thats great on them, but i seem to talk to more that just do it for extra money, and its easier than getting a second job, or a real job and they dont have to pay taxes on the income. Again, more power to them if thats what it takes to make ends meet, but dont try to dress it up as something its not. I have had issues with scrappers circling my block when i get rid of broken equipment, or clean out the garage. they clog up the road, and i feel bad for my neighbors that have to ask people to move, or cant go anywhere, and yes it has happened three times. I should not have to wait until the cover of dark to throw things out.
Bill Conners December 06, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I have never had a problem with them i have spoken with some and they are quite nice. I am working stiff like anyone else and we have a pretty nice home for which we do all the work on. But if i were to leave my aluminum ladder in yard and someone took it you bet i would be PO'd! How about this idea let's have a quarterly scrapping drive with some big dumpsters at city hall. Bring your metal and throw it in and have it hauled away and the city donate the money to united way or salvation army?
Patch reader December 06, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I would never consider going onto someone else's property and taking ANY items if I didn't ask first. Why do other people think this is ok? Foreclosed houses are being broken into in many cities. Thieves are stealing copper pipes, etc. People shouldn't have to explain why they don't want strangers on their property. I was driving through a nearby city and saw a nice armoire sitting on a lawn the day before garbage pick up. Even though it was on the city side of the sidewalk, I went up to the house and knocked on the door to ask if the owners were parting with it. They said 'yes' and thanked me for asking. The husband was kind enough to come out and help me put it into my truck. If the item in question is in someone's YARD. Leave it the hell alone. If I see you in my yard poking around you can explain what you are doing to the police. And hope you don't have a big fat headache to go along with it while your doing this....
Elisa December 06, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Seriously, doesnt city council have better things to do than overlegislate a (relatively) small problem? We see these guys drive around every Sunday night to collect stuff on their truck, and I am happy to do my part in the recycling process. WHICH REMINDS ME - why doesn't Council figure out a way to offer recycling of cardboard, etc. for city residents? Our neighbors in BV not only have been recycling these materials for years in a city facility, but now get cardboard collected curbside every week along with garbage. Shame on Avon Lake for not being more progressive.

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