Local News

April 4, 2013

Logan to crackdown on loose Dumpster

Bill Drinkwine, Logansport Building Commissioner, will be enforcing a refuse disposal container ordinance.

He spoke on the subject at Wednesday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

The zoning ordinance states the refuse disposal container, or Dumpster, shouldn’t be located in a front or side yard, parking area or buffer yard and they should also be opaquely screened from public streets and adjacent properties. Drinkwine said they can be screened by walls, landscaping or buffer yard.

He said he was challenged by a business owner who didn’t have their dumpster properly enclosed. The owner pointed out other businesses don’t follow the ordinance.  

“After driving around town I found chain businesses were properly enclosed but local businesses were not,” Drinkwine said. “The intent of the ordinance is to obstruct the public from viewing rubbish.”

Drinkwine mailed 45 letters to business owners Jan. 25, notifying them the ordinance would be enforced. This week, Drinkwine said he will be issuing a 10-day notice for the proper changes to be made. Drinkwine told the Board of Public Works and Safety it might see people attend the weekly meetings to speak on the ordinance enforcement.  

If action hasn’t been taken after the 10-day notice, a citation of $50 a day per violation – up to a maximum of $250 – will be issued, Drinkwine said.

“The intent is not to give a fine,” Drinkwine said. “We’re absolutely flexible to work with people as long as there is movement to improve.”

Drinkwine said only one business has installed the necessary enclosure. He said he has received many calls from business owners asking if they’re grandfathered in.

“We’re looking in to the ordinance because we want to beautify the city,” Drinkwine said. “We will be relentless.”

City officials will also be making changes to adhere to the ordinance.

Drinkwine, who has a deconstruction company, Rebuild Green Solutions, with his son, said they recently placed a concrete pad and chain-linked fence with vinyl screening around the Dumpster area of his business.

Mayor Ted Franklin said the ordinance is city-wide, not just downtown.

“I will take action to meet the standards listed,” Franklin said of his senior-housing business. “We are expected to meet the ordinance just like everyone else.”

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Police Blotter: July 23, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    July 23, 2014

  • NWS-PT072314 Delphi Play2.jpg 'Under the sea': Delphi children ready for musical DELPHI — Young actors and actresses will tell the story of a young mermaid dreaming about being human in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” this weekend.The Stargazers Children’s Theatre, a program through Delphi’s public library, is presenting the mu

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS-PT072314 Matthew Shuey mugshot - CLG [Duplicate] Police: Peru man punched officer in the face PERU — A 51-year-old Peru man was arrested after flipping off a police officer and punching him in the nose.According to court documents released Tuesday, Peru Officer Matthew Feller was on patrol Friday when he observed Matt Shuey lean out his car w

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gay couples' lawyers object to full-court hearing INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Indiana’s overthrown gay marriage ban are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the state’s appeal, a technical issue that could make a big difference.Those representing gay

    July 23, 2014

  • Police Blotter: July 22, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    July 22, 2014

  • One dead, one seriously injured in crash on Division Road

    A Logansport man was killed and another was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash Monday on Division Road.

    July 22, 2014

  • NWS-PT072214 Western Wildfires.jpg Local volunteer to help wildfire victims A Flora resident will be among the volunteers helping those affected by the wildfires in Washington State.Pat Rinehart was scheduled to fly out of Indianapolis International Airport Monday afternoon and join fellow American Red Cross volunteers at th

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-PT072214 Lauren Ray.jpg Logansport graduate makes a go at Hollywood “Instincta,” the latest film by a 2008 Logansport High School graduate, will be screened at the Gen Con Indy Film Festival in Indianapolis in August.It is an action, thriller cop drama short film, starring Logansport native Lauren Zehner Ray, Michael

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • EDU-PT072314 whitley lehr.jpg School's top honor goes to local grad Whitley Lehr chose Indiana University Kokomo because of its excellent School of Nursing. Receiving the campus’ most prestigious scholarships sealed the deal for each of her. The 18-year-old Delphi student called the Herbert Scholarship “a huge blessi

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-PT072214-Gwin3-BCM Landis Elementary teacher back from China experience Steve Gwin has hundreds of pictures already on his new laptop, just months after buying it. He spent the month of June in China teaching to kids at two schools and chronicled about each adventure.Gwin teaches first grade at Landis Elementary and got

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

The Pence administration continues to cut Indiana agency budgets despite a state surplus of $2 billion. Is this wise management of state funds?

Not sure
     View Results