Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Just Call 311 And Haul Your Crap To The Lane
I wanted to drop by the scene of the crime an hour later to see just how big the pile of crap got. When we arrived, the pile had grown and so had the crowd of scroungers looking for prizes in the lane. People were dragging away dressers and mattresses, kids were taking away materials to use as forts that they could abandon once tired of them. And the helper was on the back steps of the boarded 4-plex.
Then the guy said he hoped the items would be taken away overnight, because they wanted to remove all the items from the second floor the next day. The huge pile of items was from only one of the floors. They had plans to haul even more crap into the lane once this pile had dissipated.
So, I got to thinking. If a person lives in Charleswood, and has a fridge that they no longer want, they can call 311 and have the bulky item removed for the small fee of $20.00. In fact, they can get up to 6 items removed for that small price. I am ok with that. It is a service the City provides and it helps people get large, bulky items removed when they don't have the ability or time to do so, or just plain find it easier to call the City and pay a fee. So, why can't a landlord, or owner of a 4-plex empty his entire house into a North End back lane, and simply call 311 to take it away? Can he? Is this right? Is this the actual process for removing crap from a house? Is this approved by the City? And do my tax dollars go to pay for this guy to have his crap removed from my lane? After all, his rental property is in a free zone for bulk garbage pick up.
Do I, as a neighbour to this event really have to accept that this guy can dump all the furniture, and the bathroom sink, into the lane? And all he has to do is call 311 to have it removed?
Please tell me, what is wrong with this picture?
Posted by raespace at 9:50 AM