Hearing set on proposed changes to illegal dumping rules

KINGMAN - The public can weigh in April 6 on a proposal to remove a grace period that allows people accused of illegal dumping in Mohave County time to clean up the mess.

The hearing, which will take place at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors' regular meeting, regards revisions to the anti-littering ordinance to remove the five-day discretionary notice period.

Supervisor Hildy Angius pulled the item from the consent agenda Monday to make sure the public has enough time to comment on the ordinance.

On March 2, the board authorized Mohave County Environmental Rural Clean-Up Enforcement to offer a $500 reward to persons with information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for illegal dumping in Mohave County.

The motion was approved contingent upon the removal of the five-day discretionary period.

Supervisor Gary Watson handed a personal check for $500 to Finance Director Coral Loyd for the first reward. He said more than 1 million pounds of trash have been removed by ERACE in the program's six years.

Supervisor Jean Bishop, a former ERACE officer, said the prosecution rate is very small because violators have five days to clean up their illegal dumping and avoid prosecution, and most of them do.

"I think the intent is honorable, but I don't think citizens will be happy to stick their neck out and then it doesn't get prosecuted," Bishop said.

Supervisors determined that littering is a serious problem in Mohave County, and that it degrades the property, health and welfare of citizens.