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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
February 16, 2001
City warns residents on rules for disposing trash, branches
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, February 16, 2001 - With spring coming many people are trimming
trees and cleaning up their yards, but they may also be receiving tickets
if they are not properly disposing of the branches.
Director of the Pecos Health and Sanitation Department Armando Gil
said that many people are disposing of the tree limbs and branches in the
alleyways in hopes that it would be picked up. But some of the branches
surpass the maximum length limits allowed.
Gil said that Duncan Disposal, the company Pecos contracts with to
provide trash pick-up services, has agreed in their contract that the branches
would be picked up if they were in three-foot lengths otherwise it would
not be picked up.
"We're asking the people themselves to take it to the landfill," he
Gil said that every homeowner is able to dump 2,000 lbs. of trash per
month for free at the current transfer station, located about a half mile
east of Highway 17 and across from the Lindsey Addition entrance on the
southwest side of town.
If people surpass the 2,000-lbs. limit per month they would be charged
$35 for each additional ton of trash.
He said that Duncan Disposal would like to encourage people to cut
the branches in three-foot sections in order to take it out to the transfer
station but that any size of branch would be allowed.
"When you take it to the landfill you can take it at any size," he
If people choose not to haul the branches off themselves but continue
to leave them in the alley they could receive a verbal warning by the local
code enforcement officer.
Gil said that the people are given three days to comply after being
given the warning, otherwise they would be given a citation and must appear
before a judge.
Gil said that he or the code enforcement officer does not have to give
warnings to community members but they do so as a courtesy.
City Manager Carlos Yerena said that giving warnings is better for
"The ideal situation is to give a warning and if they don't comply
then issue a citation," he said.
Gil said many citizens have complained to his office that they have
complied with the request from Duncan Disposal to cut the branches into
three-foot sections but the disposal company has not picked up the branches.
"The only thing I can tell them to do is keep calling (the company),"
Gil said they also have been having trouble keeping the alleys free
of other items including mattresses, tires, refrigerators and other big
He said that not many citations have been issued on items like those
because it is hard to determine where the trash has come from.
Gil said that since there are four houses to each dumpster it is hard
for them to give a ticket to one person unlike the tree branches were they
could look to find who has been cutting their trees.
However, he added that all they would need is for a neighbor or witness
to testify against whoever dumped the large items in the alley.
Gil said that he wants to encourage the community members to dump those
large items themselves at the transfer station.
He said that most items could be dumped with the exception of refrigerators.
"The only thing they're not taking right now is the refrigerators because
of the freon," Gil said. Federal law regulates the disposal of items using
freon gas, due to damage it reportedly causes to the environment.
Parks revokes man's probation on marijuana possession charge
PECOS, February 16, 2001 - One man was sentenced to five years in prison
in 143rd District Court in Pecos today, after he violated terms
of his probation in connection with a drug arrest 3½ years ago.
Antonio Villareal Suchil was originally sentenced to four years community
supervision-deferred adjudication, for marijuana possession on Oct. 30
District Court Judge Bob Parks sentenced Suchil to five years in prison
during court this morning, after finding he had violated several terms
of his probation.
Parks also heard several pre-trail cases on drug possession charges,
along with several tax cases.
Honor Society blood drive set Feb. 28 at PHS
PECOS, February 16, 2001 - The National Honor Society at Pecos High School
is sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 28, between 8:30 a.m. and
4:30 p.m. in the Pecos High School gymnasium.
United Blood Service of Midland will supervise the blood driver, and
all donors will receive T-shirts, along with free juice and cookies after
To schedule an appointment, call the high school at 447-7224. For more
information about persons who are eligible to donate blood, call the UBS
office at 1-800-371-5539.
Rumaldo Garcia and Christina Natividad
High Thursday 66. Low this morning 38. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy.
Low in the upper 20s. East wind 5 to 15 mph. Saturday: Mostly sunny. High
in the mid 60s. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy.
Low 30 to 35. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid to upper 30s. Highs
in the upper 60s to the lower 70s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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