ERIE — It is now illegal in Erie to blow cut grass onto city streets.
The Erie City Council approved an ordinance during its meeting on Oct. 22 that prohibits the discharge of grass clippings on streets and alleys. Those who violate the new ordinance could face a fine of $100.
The ordinance took effect on Thursday after publication in The Erie Record.
Erie resident Chris Harris told the council in a Sept. 12 meeting that grass on the streets is a hazard to motorcyclists and bicyclists and also clogs the stormwater sewer system and the street sweeper.
The council discussed an ordinance during the September meeting, but Mayor Darrell Bauer objected to it. Seth Jones, the city’s attorney, planned to research the existing “nuisance” section of the municipal code to determine if blowing grass onto the streets could fall under it, but apparently it could not.
In other business, the council:
— Approved paying up to $1,155 for the city’s share of new banners on the Main Street light poles. The Erie Area Chamber of Commerce reported the old banners are worn out. The cost per banner is $105 for a total of $4,410 for 42 banners. Businesses will pay $50 each to put their name on a banner. The chamber and the city will split the remaining cost.
— Authorized renting a street crack-fill machine for $1,425 and the cost of materials in the amount of $1,350.
— Approved adding a 0.0543 fuel adjustment to the November utility billing.
— Approved rescheduling the regular council meeting to Nov. 13 because of the Veterans Day holiday.