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Mohawk may change rules on trash, crack down on shoddy home siding

October 15, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

MOHAWK - Town officials announced last week they will conduct a public hearing to discuss possible changes to the town's maintenance law, which would change how residents can store garbage and would establish rules on home siding.

Mohawk Town Supervisor Greg Rajkowski said these suggestions came from the town Planning Board. The proposed rules would prohibit garbage containers from being left uncovered and in public view and put a limit on how long unapproved siding may be left up.

According to the changes proposed, "no garbage or refuse shall be placed in plastic bags or in uncovered containers for storage or awaiting waste removal as to create a haven for rodents and other animals."

It goes on to say that all containers in residential zones would need to be placed outside of public view, unless the container is placed for storage and pickup by a registered commercial waste-removal company. Also, a waste container must have a lid or cover and could not be placed on the street until the day before trash pickup. The containers would then need to be removed from public view by the next day.

The proposal says trash containers could be hidden by fences, trees or hedges set up to block public view.

The changes also would crack down on houses with substandard siding materials. According to Rajkowski, all exterior surfaces not resistant to deterioration would need to be repaired, treated or replaced with approved siding within 12 months of a notification of the code violation.

The owner would then be required to obtain permits to complete the repair. Approved siding could include brick, concrete, wood, vinyl, aluminum, steel or refinished metal established for use as a siding.

The public hearing on the changes is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Town Hall in Fonda.

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Arthur Cleveland covers Montgomery County news. He can be reached by email at



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