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Town tightens trash rules

The Thurman town board has toughened up its ordinances for trash collection, following the failure of some local residents to follow existing guidelines, town officials said at a recent board meeting.

From now on, residents ignoring the following policies, which are now established as a town ordinance, will have their garbage pickup terminated:

• No chronic excessive amounts of trash set out for pickup.

• No unacceptable items like paint cans in trash left for pickup.

• No trash from anywhere other than one's residence.

• No garbage bags which weigh in excess of 50 pounds.

• No dumping garbage in or near the town garbage truck or town property.

The following guidelines remain in force:

• Municipal garbage pickup is for residents only

• All garbage bags must be bagged, and these bags must be white or clear.

• Garbage cannot be placed in 55 gallon barrels or other large containers.

• Garbage must be placed at roadside in order to be picked up.

Also, there is no dumping of garbage, tires or any refuse on town property, and such violations will be prosecuted to the maximum, Wood said. In addition to the town ordinance, a variety of state laws prohibit dumping of garbage on public and private property.

Town grants bed tax awards

A number of awards of bed tax grants have been made recently to promote local events and boost the town of Thurman's economy. The money is distributed to groups to compensate groups for their actual publicity and event expenses after they submit receipts and vouchers, and these are verified by the town board.

Among the awards were:

• $5,500 for Maple Days - over four weekends - and the annual Jack Wax Party.

• $6,950 for Fiddler's Jamboree, set for Sept. 10 and 11 this year.

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