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PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS/TENANTS/BUSSINESSES

1. Grass cuttings, leaves, trimmings, yard care debris, etc. (“yard debris”)

All propertyowners are advised that is unlawful and a violation under the local laws of Pocomoke City, to place any type of yard debris in the streets, cubs, alleys, lanes or any other public way in the city limits of Pocomoke City. Mower chutes should be directed away from the streets, curbs, etc. and blowers should not direct such material into the streets, curbs, etc. Similarly, placing these items in drainage ditches on private property also cause interference with other properties and City storm drainage and constitute a nuisance.

Please also advise all mowing/landscape contractors performing such services for you of this notice. Those persons violating this statute, and the property owner, will be subject to fines of up to $500 (for multiple offenses). Each day the debris is in the street, curb, etc., shall constitute a separate offense.

THESE ACTIVITIES MAY SEEM LIKE MINOR MATTERS TAKEN INDIVIDUALLY. HOWEVER, THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT IS TO CLOG STORM DRAINS, DRAINAGE DITCHES, SWALES, CULVERTS, AND THE LIKE, CAUSING UNDUE SURFACE FLOODING AND EXCESSIVE COSTS TO THE CITY AND TO NEIGHBORING PROPERTY OWNERS.

2. Fats, oil, and grease

It is a violation of the local laws of Pocomoke City to place or allow fats, oil, and grease (“FOG”) into wastewater lines connecting to the City’s wastewater system.

Residential users should collect FOG from cooking and household tasks and place in the garbage receptacle for pick as trash. Allowing such items to harden or congeal first is preferable. Even if your detergent “cuts grease” such effect is only temporary, and the FOG recongeal in the sewer lines.

Commercial kitchens, including private clubs, and nursing homes, should have the required grease traps and a disposal contractor.

All persons are subject to significant fines (up to $500) and costs of repair for violations of these laws. The City has been faced in the last 18 months with over a $100,000 of FOG related clean outs on our main sewer lines. The recent work at Market and 14th alone exceeded $40,000.

Disposal of fats, oil, and grease is an easy thing to do and must be done for the benefit of all.

Direct all questions to the City Manager Robert (Bobby) Cowger, Jr., at 410-957-1333.






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