Alma City Council members approved measures setting jail fees and regulating trash receptacles during their regular meeting Thursday night.
City aldermen passed an amendment to an ordinance regulating trash receptacles, setting limits on when receptacles can be set at the curb for trash collection.
According to the amended ordinance, “trash shall be placed at the curb no earlier than the evening before the day of collection” and “empty trash containers shall be removed from the curbside or alleys no later than the day after collection.”
Those who fail to comply with the new regulations could be fined a minimum of $25 for the first offense and $50 for subsequent offenses, the ordinance states.
Property owners also are responsible for gathering and disposing of any trash scattered from their containers, and are subject to a minimum fine of $100 for each offense.
Council members also established a $20 jail fee to be levied and collected on misdemeanor offenses in which the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, or is found to be guilty.
In accordance with state law, the collected fee must be used exclusively to defray the cost of incarcerating city prisoners.
Council members passed the two measures after postponing three others, including measures for a special election on a bond issue, a smoking ban on city property and a city-wide burn ban.
Both the smoking ban and burn ban proposals were tabled so that the language of the ordinances could be further discussed and amended.
Aldermen John Ware, Jerry Martin and James McGhee called the smoking ban “overreaching” and, in some parts, unenforceable.
It was determined that the language in the burn ban ordinance needed some clarification.
Council members also postponed considering a proposal that would set a special election for a bond issue.
If the proposal is approved, the city will ask residents to vote on a bond issues for streets improvements to be paid with 50 percent of a current 1-cent city-wide tax.
City heads postponed the proposal after Public Works Director Mark Yardley noticed the ordinance did not include parking in the description detailing the use of the funds.
Taylor Marshall, a bond attorney with Friday, Eldridge and Clark, told the council that including parking into the bond issue may require a separate question on the ballot and the total bond to be broken into separate amounts.
Council members will take up the measure in a special meeting set for March 30 after Marshall has had time to research and amend the ordinance as needed.