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Fresno council won’t change trash bin law, after all

Recycle and regular trash cans line Norris Drive in the Mayfair area of Fresno.
Recycle and regular trash cans line Norris Drive in the Mayfair area of Fresno. ezamora@fresnobee.com

A few weeks ago, the Fresno City Council appeared poised to change a law that required residents to store trash bins in spots that shielded them from public view.

The law essentially required residents to move the bins out of sight when empty. But on Oct. 8 the council gave initial passage to a change that would have only required residents to move the bins out of the public right-of-way.

All that remained was final adoption of the bill.

But Council President Oliver Baines, who introduced the proposal, instead withdrew the item from consideration. On Friday, he said the proposal was tabled indefinitely, and he had no plans to bring it back. That means the proposal is dead, and the law will stay the same – keep the bins hidden.

It appears some council members backed off their initial support for the law change, and its final passage looked to be in doubt.

The change initially was proposed by Baines because Fresno’s code enforcement division, with city officials’ blessing, stopped enforcing the hide-the-bins law during the Great Recession. Code-enforcement officers who survived periodic downsizing had other things to do.

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