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City hones in on litter over the holidays

Council purchases new timers for Christmas lights

by Olivia Murray

 The City of Westover’s Public Works Department has opted to hone in on the collection of litter and trash and minor maintenance in the area as business slows during the holiday season.

At Monday evening’s meeting of Westover Council, Director of Public Works Jason Stinespring said five notices have been issued to Westover residents recently, four of which pertained to loose trash or unwanted furniture being left on lawns or curbs. 

“Things are slower for us, just like they are for everybody else at this point in the year, so we’ve been working really hard on litter and trash. It’s a constant problem,” Stinespring said. 

 The department has cleared both sides of DuPont Road of litter, as well as U.S. 19 — to the extent of Westover city limits. 

Stinespring added that workers have   cleared litter and trash from the Gateway exit and Mall Road, as well as swept Dunkard Avenue on Monday and that a fallen tree had been removed from a Westover street. 

He also informed council that public works has taken Mayor Dave Johnson’s suggestion of purchasing timers for the city’s large Christmas light displays to prevent them from running during daylight hours. 

“There’s not a big supply of them right now because we’re toward the end of the Christmas season,” Stinespring said. However, he said, commercial-grade timers were found and work well. 

Westover intends to begin using the timers next holiday season. 

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