Grass clippings, other debris, causing drainage issues in city
POCAHONTAS—City council aldermen voted to table an ordinance draft Tuesday night during their regular monthly meeting that would require city property owners and occupants to keep their street gutters clear of all debris due to increasing drainage issues throughout the city. Also, representatives with the Pocahontas Ministerial Alliance voiced concern over the allowance of entertainment districts during local festivals and the open carry of alcohol.
Pocahontas Mayor Keith Sutton said about 90 percent of the issues stem from excess grass clippings but that other debris such as sticks are contributing to the problems as well as they prevent the free flow of water. According to the resolution, the owners or occupants of “any block or lot or part of block or lot” in the city are required to keep their gutters clean and clear of all obstructions and any violators will be fined between $100 and $250.
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