HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Huntington is getting tough on outdoor junk.
The city has unveiled a cleanup campaign ahead of a code enforcement crackdown this summer.
The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/XIgNV1) reports business owners and residents have three months to get their properties in order.
"Come July 1, we're dropping the hammer," said Brandi Jacobs-Jones, the city's director of administration and finance. "Our approach to code enforcement will completely change."
The city will begin enforcing ordinances that prohibit tall weeds and grass, litter, junked cars, and certain indoor items from being stored outdoors.
Currently, property owners receive a 10-day warning before the city can issue a citation. But the city is seeking to issue on-the-spot citations.
The City Council adopted a junk ordinance this week. It prohibits items such as upholstered furniture, construction equipment, lumber and certain other building materials, and mattresses and other items not intended for outdoor use from being stored on a porch, roof or yard.
The zero-tolerance policy is part of Mayor Steve Williams' efforts to improve the quality of life in Huntington through code enforcement.
Until then, it's cleanup time.
The city will send sanitation crews, dump and garbage trucks, backhoes and trash bins into five areas of the city for a two-week period. At various times, the crews will collect trash and bulky items placed at curbs, pick up litter, and chop down weeds and brush in alleys.
However, city officials don't want the items placed by curbs for collection until right before the period begins. Bagged trash and piles of brush should be kept separate.
Among the items that can't be discarded are tires, liquid paint, batteries, motor oil, appliances containing refrigerants and containers marked as hazardous waste.
The city's landfill in Guyandotte will accept tires, brush and bulky items from residents who prove they live in Huntington and have a vehicle with West Virginia plates.