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April 10, 2014

Somerset schedules citywide clean-up

Somerset — Spring is (finally) in the air, and city officials want residents to know that their chance to get rid of unwanted clutter is coming up.

During the March 24 Somerset City Council meeting, councilors reminded city residents that the annual spring clean-up event is set for later this month.

Somerset residents who live on the east side of Main Street can put one load of garbage out on the curb any day between Monday, April 14 and Friday, April 18. Those residents who live on the west side of Main Street can put one load of material out between Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25.

There is a limit of one truck load per household.

Items not accepted include tires, batteries, paint or other hazardous materials.

In other news from the March 24 Somerset City Council meeting:

• Councilor Jimmy Eastham asked whether councilors had resolved an issue concerning their recent funding given to the Shop-Loss program, run through Commonwealth Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery’s office.

 “Anything going on with that?” Eastham asked.

Councilor Jim Rutherford stated that several of the councilors had a meeting with Montgomery and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David Dalton, who originally pitched the program to the council earlier this year. The council voted to give $25,000 toward the program, but since then councilors have asked for more clarification on what the funds will go toward.

“Both sides heard each other out,” said Rutherford.

The contract is for one year.

“We talked about it, that was it,” said Councilor John Minton.

Eastham said he didn’t know the meeting had occurred, but Somerset Attorney Carrie Wiese said only a few councilors were invited to the discussion.

“No, it wasn’t an open meeting,” said Wiese during the meeting. “We didn’t invite everybody.”

• Councilor Linda Stringer asked whether the city was continuing to look into parking issues off South Maple Street and Market Street. Recently, those people going to the Pulaski Court of Justice have taken up valuable and limited parking spaces for those businesses that line East Mt. Vernon Street and have parking areas behind their buildings.

Wiese said the city was working to put up signs informing people that certain lots are for business customers only.

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