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  • Leaf blower is violating an ordinance

  • My neighbor is making a weekly habit of blowing his leaves into the street. I've tried to be neighborly about it and even offered him a trash bag one day, which he declined. Now I am fighting the temptation to go over there and blow them back into his yard. Are his actions illegal or just frowned upon?
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  • My neighbor is making a weekly habit of blowing his leaves into the street. I've tried to be neighborly about it and even offered him a trash bag one day, which he declined. Now I am fighting the temptation to go over there and blow them back into his yard. Are his actions illegal or just frowned upon?
    — John M., Medford
    John, a blustery day may teach your neighbor better than any citation the consequences of going bagless.
    Blowing leaves into the street is prohibited under municipal code 6.525, which states that "no person shall place leaves, other vegetation, or other types of debris in the pubic right-of-way."
    "It clogs the storm drains and causes a mess in the street," said Suzi Gish, a records specialist with Medford Code Enforcement. "The street sweepers can only pick up so much."
    It is always advisable to speak to your neighbor first. Let him know that for the next couple of weeks Rogue Disposal & Recycling will pick up bags of leaves weighing less than 40 pounds for no additional fee. (See www.roguedisposal.com for details.)
    If he continues to take the lazy route, contact Medford Code Enforcement. The department most likely will issue a warning first, followed by a $150 fine for repeat offenses.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.
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