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City seeks end to trash barrel eyesores

September 4, 2014

The city of Decatur, in an attempt to completely rid the community of outlawed trash burning barrels, has offered to pick up barrels from homeowners and dispose of them free of charge. Photo provided

    With the city of Decatur amending its open burning ordinance last November, the use of burn barrels is prohibited. Officials are seeking to rid the city of the barrels, many of which have become eyesores, so if you have one the city will pick it up and dispose of it for you — at no charge.
    Those interested in having a barrel removed should call 724-3356, which is the city garage.
    Bill Karbach, a member of the Board of Works and Safety and the city’s code enforcement officer, told city council on Tuesday night he has seen 50 or 60 of the barrels in various areas of the city, and already a dozen or so have been removed.
    When a barrel is found, information is placed at the home which details the city’s free pickup plan and the number to call. “Our goal is to rid the city of all  burn barrels. The response has been very good so far,” Karbach noted.
    For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.

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