© Wendy Elliott
Piles of old furniture like this one on Hillside Avenue dot several lawns in Wolfville these days, creating an eyesore. - Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca
Clean-up day in Wolfville is May 7, but until then, some piles of discarded furniture are creating an eyesore.
On April 15, Coun. Wendy Donovan brought up the issue of couches being out on front lawns in the downtown area.
She asked if there is any way to contact tenants prior to the event with the exact date of pick-up.
Chief administrative officer Josh Pyrcz said the town has received several complaints and bylaw enforcement officer Chris Jones has been contacting landlords and issuing orders to clean up properties.
“We will issue the fines that we are allowed to,” Prycz said.
Police and volunteer firefighters had to respond to couch fires on the roadside in 1999 and again in 2009.
Carl Oldham said part of the problem that that university students leave in late April, but the clean up, orchestrated by Valley Waste, doesn’t take place until May.
As a result, he said, the unsightly old furniture stays curbside for days.
The annual Dump and Run event is May 3 and Acadia University Convocation takes place May 11-12.
Mayor Jeff Cantwell termed the piles “disgraceful,” while Coun. Mercedes Brian added that the piles could be creating a vermin problem. She suggested the bylaw states that no indoor furniture should be outside.