DEARBORN – Dearborn Public Service Days will be in effect for 2016 beginning April 4 and running through Nov. 26.
City officials said an easy way to remember what to do is the motto: “Carts out, cars in.” That means that parked vehicles should be off the street on the day residents set their trash and recycling carts at the curb.
If a neighborhood’s trash day is Wednesday, the Public Service Day is Wednesday. If the trash day is Thursday, the Public Service Day is Thursday. It is the same pattern throughout the week.
Parking tickets will be issued to any vehicle left on the street between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on trash and Public Service Days. Also, trash and recycling carts should not be placed in the road at any time during a neighborhood’s Public Service Day.
“Public Service Days allow us to sweep the streets curb to curb and provide other important maintenance work,” Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. said. “Residents across the city pay for services with their taxes and they deserve to have them delivered in their neighborhoods in a thorough and effective manner. Keeping parked cars off the streets gives us that chance.”
New ordinance amendments, as approved by the City Council on Feb. 25, set the penalties for Public Service Day violations as: first violation in a calendar year is $15 (or $7 if paid within three days); second violation in a calendar year is $30; and the third violation in a calendar year is $70. Upon the fourth violation in a calendar year, the vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Under the new changes, the first violation is the only one that receives a reduction within a calendar year.
In each neighborhood, multiple street signs list the days parking restrictions are in place. Tickets also will be issued to vehicles parked across sidewalks, on the easement or on lawns.
Public Service Days permit more efficient and safe collection of trash, recyclables and yard waste set at the curb. In addition, crews can better manage tree-trimming and sewer and catch basin maintenance.
For parking issues related to Public Service Days, call 313-943-2294. Parking hardship exemption applications are available at www.cityofdearborn.org or at the front desk of the Dearborn Police Station, 16099 Michigan Ave.
Four holidays impact Public Service Days
The 2016 holidays that create a different trash pickup day from Public Service Days are Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. All districts are affected. For the Thanksgiving holiday, only the Thursday and Friday districts are impacted.
During these “trash holidays,” parked vehicles must be off the street on the regular trash day, which remains a Public Service Day. Vehicle owners could be ticketed if their parked vehicle is on the street.
During Memorial Day week, if the regular trash day is Wednesday, but trash won’t be collected until Thursday because of the holiday, vehicle owners must keep their parked car off of the road on Wednesday.
This practice is in place because of the hundreds of signs across the city that stipulate that Public Service Days are on regular trash days.