Panel postpones action on garbage law

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2003

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly's Planning and Policy Committee postponed revising the city's bears-and-garbage ordinance on Tuesday to gather more input.

The proposal would ban plastic Dumpster lids citywide, allow the city to apply for administrative search warrants, and require residents to have a tight-fitting trash can lid.

An administrative search warrant would allow the city to search multiple outside garbage cans in a neighborhood with a judge's permission.

Deputy Mayor Ken Koelsch said he wanted to wait until February to act on the proposal, citing concerns with administrative warrants and the tight-fitting-lid provision.

"The idea is not to kill it, it's to get time to get reaction to it," he said.

City officials have said the revisions will make the ordinance easier to understand and enforce. Juneau imposed strict garbage restrictions in 2001 to keep bears from getting into trash.

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