Village of Marathon recap: Board of Trustees adopts ‘junk’ law

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The village of Marathon Board of Trustees at its meeting on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of adopting its first local law of 2022, which is the prohibition of junk in the village.

The law is effective immediately in the village, mayor Scott Chamberlin said.

According to the dialogue of the law, the purpose of it as follows:

“...declares that a clean, wholesome and attractive environment is of vital importance to the continued general welfare of its citizens, and that the regulation of the deposit, accumulation, or maintenance of junk, regardless of quantity, is hereby prohibited to the provisions set forth. By adoption of this law, the (village) declares its intent to preserve and promote a reasonable quantity of environment and aesthetics and to prohibit actions and conduct that tend to depreciate not only the property on which it is located, but also the property of other persons in the neighborhood and the community generally.”

The local law further states that the village’s enforcement officer can “enforce the provisions” of it for the following items:

  • Garbage (mainly “putrescible animal and vegetable waste,” the law states)
  • General junk
  • Junk accessory vehicles (abandoned or discarded trailers and campers)
  • Junk appliances
  • Junk furniture
  • Junk manufactured structures
  • Junk storage areas
  • Rubbish, clutter, litter and debris
  • And more

Exclusions from this law include:

  • Wood
  • Lawn, yard or garden ornaments and implements
  • Operable farms
  • Hoses and sprinklers
  • Storage
  • Construction material and equipment

According to the law, any village resident who violates the provisions of the law can face:

  • A fine not to exceed $250, or imprisonment not to exceed 15 days
  • Or a civil penalty not to exceed $500 to be recovered by the village in a civil action

Chamberlin noted at Wednesday’s meeting that the new local law is separate from the junk car provision, which is included in the village’s zoning ordinance code.

For more information on the village’s new junk law, click here.

Village officials finalize contract with garbage and recycling company

Chamberlin officially signed off on a five-year contract to make Blue Moose Sanitation, of Marathon, the village’s new garbage and recycling pickup service.

Blue Moose’s service in the village will begin on June 1, Chamberlin said. With Blue Moose soon providing service, the weekly garbage and recycling pickup will move from Thursdays to Friday.

“If Friday is a holiday, (Blue Moose) will pick up on Saturday,” Chamberlin said, who noted pickup will not take place before 5 a.m.

Chamberlin mentioned that Blue Moose will provide new garbage and recycling totes to village residents in August.

For more information on the village’s new deal with Blue Moose Sanitation, click here.