Monday, December 31, 2012

January 2013 Newsletter

A copy of the January Newsletter is linked to below. Our January meeting will be at Harbel at 7:45 PM on Wednesday, January 2nd.

January Newsletter

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday Trash/Recyling Pickup Reminder.


BALTIMORE, MD (December 18, 2012) – Director Alfred H. Foxx reminds Baltimore City residents that Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are City holidays. Department of Public Works’ offices and yards will be CLOSED on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR’S DAY: 
  • Trash and recycling will NOT be collected.
  
  • NO bulk trash collections are scheduled.
  
  • Citizen drop-off centers WILL BE CLOSED (all yards, including Quarantine Road Landfill, the Northwest Transfer Station and the Eastern, Western and Northwest Collections Facilities).
  
  • Street sweeping will NOT take place.
  
  • Parking meters will NOT be in effect.
 
  • Saturday, December 29, 2012 and Saturday, January 5, 2013 will be the make-up collection days for trash and recycling in those areas that are regularly scheduled for collection on Tuesday.
 
 
   
 NOTE: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve ARE NOT City holidays.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Meeting & Annual Election

A copy of the November Newsletter is linked to below. Our November meeting will be at Harbel at 7:45 PM on Wednesday, November 7th.  We will be holding our annual elections and have a guest out to speak about a potential new restaurant at 5501 Harford Rd (the old blockbuster building).

November 2012 Newsletter

Friday, October 26, 2012

Downhill Derby canceled

Unfortunately, the Downhill Derby has been cancelled for Sunday, October 28, 2012.

This was a difficult decision to make, but based on current weather forecasts for Sunday, we feel this is the best thing to do. We do not want to jeopardize the safety of any participant or spectator involved in this event.

Please inform your family members, friends and neighbors that the Downhill Derby has been cancelled.

Thank you to Rec & Parks and every volunteer who took part in the planning of this event. My apologies to all drivers that were looking forward to this race.

Thank you for your understanding,

Regina

Regina Lansinger, Director
Hamilton Lauraville Main Street
5500 Harford Road - Suite 201
Baltimore, MD 21214

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management is working closely with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service to monitor and prepare for Hurricane Sandy and the potential for severe weather this weekend.

At this point, most forecast models predict heavy rain for our area beginning Sunday night and continuing through Monday.  If the storm stays within current projections, it is possible that we could experience fallen trees, minor flooding, and power outages.

Regardless of the eventual path of the storm, there are things that families and business can do now to be prepared for a severe weather event. You should be ready to manage the most common crises affecting our region – weather-related power and water outages – if you have certain basic supplies. Buy these three essentials first:

·         A battery-powered radio with extra batteries. If the power goes out, a battery-powered radio is the only way to receive information.
·         Flashlights or battery-powered lanterns with extra batteries. These are essential even during relatively brief power outages. (Don't use candles! They pose a serious fire risk.)
·         Water to last three days. That’s at least one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation. Mark the date on the container, and replace it every six months.

City residents are also encouraged to clear any debris from your neighborhood storm drains to ensure proper drainage during heavy rain. To protect your food during a power outage, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Food will stay frozen for 36 hours or more in a fully-loaded freezer if you keep the door closed. Consider freezing containers of water ahead of time. The blocks of ice will help keep your food frozen longer.

For more information on preparedness, click the following link: http://emergency.baltimorecity.gov/Preparedness.aspx

For forecast models and storm tracking, click on this link: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Citizens are reminded they can also call 311 for the latest information about the city’s preparations during weather events.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Real Estate and Economic Development Assessment of Belair Road

Below is a communication from Harbel regarding the Real Estate and Economic Development Assessment of Belair Road:

As many of you may remember the Urban Land Institute (ULI) created a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) of experts in the engineering, development, landscaping, architectural and real estate industries to evaluate the Belair Road commercial corridor. They recommended that the first step in redeveloping the corridor was to initiate a market study or a Comprehensive Real Estate and Economic Development Assessment of the Belair Road corridor. The members of the TAP made it clear that developers would not seriously consider investing in the corridor until such a study was performed.
Since the issuance of the TAP report, an ad hoc group of representatives from the Baltimore Development Corporation, HARBEL, Belair Edison Neighborhoods, Inc., the Gardenville Belair Road Business Association, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Baltimore City Department of Planning, the Baltimore County Department of Planning, and the Urban Land Institute have been meeting to ensure this first step was accomplished. Largely through the efforts of 2nd District Councilman Brandon Scott, Kristen Mitchell of the Baltimore Development Corporation, Cathy Kratovil of the Gardenville Belair Road Business Association, and Naomi Benyowitz the Executive Director of HARBEL, HARBEL is now offering a Request For Proposal (RFP) that asks qualified firms and organizations to:
  • ·         Evaluate the current health of the business environment
  • ·         Determine the potential for retail, office, entertainment, institutional, housing, and mixed-use development
  • ·         Identify appropriate niche markets
  • ·         Specify the intensity and scale of uses for redevelopment
  • ·         Identify areas best suited for redevelopment opportunities in the near-term, mid-term and long-term, using the framework for nodes and opportunity sites laid out in the ULI tap report
  • ·         Evaluate the community perception of the retail environment through a consumer-intercept survey
  • ·         Explore existing public incentives that may facilitate economic development potential

This is great news, and it is the first step in revitalizing the Belair Road Commercial Corridor.
You can view the RFP at:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Current Burglary Trends in the Northeast District

The police are investigating burglaries in the area, please be aware of the following:

The Northeast District has shared the following concerning the manner in which suspects are currently committing burglaries: 

  • They are entering homes through a basement door, kitchen window, or side door
  • They are placing items in suitcases found in the house and are exiting via the front door
  • They are typically leaving the area via a car or a U-haul of box truck parked in front of the house being burglarized 

The police are asking you to call 911 if you observe any of the following:

  • People walking with suitcases
  • People entering the rear and side of houses that appear to be unusual
  • If you see suspicious people getting into cars or box trucks or suspicious cars or box trucks is in your neighborhood, try to get a full or partial tag number and call 911
  • If you see a U-haul or a box truck in your area and persons are loading items into it call 911, and again try to get a full or partial tag number and call 911

Please be as specific as you possibly can when describing property stolen from you

  • The police are recovering what they believe to be stolen property, particularly jewelry, but they have often been unable to match it to that which has been reported stolen, thereby charging the person in possession of it with a crime and returning it to rightful owner.  Please try to be as specific as you possibly can be concerning descriptions of property that is stolen especially jewelry.

The police are finding that burglars are posing as lawn care personnel.  They then wait until the victim goes to work and burglarize the house

·         They are suggesting that you attempt to use lawn care providers that you know
·         If you agree to let someone you do not know cut your lawn, make sure you ask and receive photo identification and that you record their full name, address, and date of birth

The police believe that burglars are posing as home repair contractors

·         They are asking, if you see work vans in your area, you call 911.

·         The police are finding many large items such as big screen TV’s are being taken in recent burglaries, and they believe that burglars are using vans and box trucks to transport these items out of the area.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Community Bill of Rights Law

Effective Today: Revised Community Bill of Rights Law Allows Community Associations to Sue Owners of Nuisance Properties! 
Community Law Center invites neighborhoods to take advantage of the revised law to tackle nuisance properties!


Baltimore, MD (October 1, 2012) - Owners of abandoned properties in Baltimore City should start bringing their properties up to code, or the local community association might sue them to do just that. Today, the revised law, known as the Community Bill of Rights, goes into effect. This amended legislation makes it easier for community organizations to use the law that has been unused but on the books for 15 years.

The revised law allows for community organizations to pursue code enforcement violations to reduce nuisances in their own neighborhoods. Community associations are empowered to address problem properties by filing a private legal action against the property owner. Owners could be forced by a Circuit Court order to correct the problems with their properties that are causing a nuisance in the neighborhood.

Community organizations interested in taking advantage of this new legislation should apply for free legal assistance from Community Law Center online at www.communitylaw.org/apply-for-services or by calling Ingrid Hitchens at 410-366-0922 x 13.
 
Community Law Center, Inc. is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal representation to nonprofits and community associations in Maryland to create stronger nonprofits and more vibrant neighborhoods.
 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

October 2012 Pot Luck Dinner & Newsletter

A copy of the October Newsletter is linked to below. Our October meeting is our annual pot luck dinner and will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd starting at 6:30 PM, please bring an item to share.  The pot luck will be held Bmore Lounge, located at 5616 Belair Road.  Please note the different time and location.

Please remember, our annual elections are coming up in November, please consider running for a board position and help shape our neighborhood's future.  If you have any questions about the positions, please let us know.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/108464320/Waltherson-October-2012-Newsletter

Friday, August 31, 2012

September Newsletter

Waltherson Members,

A copy of the June Newsletter is linked to below. Our September meeting will be at Harbel at 7:45 PM on Wednesday, September 5th. 

September Newsletter

If you are interested, some of us in Waltherson will also be getting together at Zeke's Coffee on Sunday, September 2nd between noon and 2 PM to chat over some coffee.  Please feel free to stop by, say hi, and join us.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Update on Problem Properties in Waltherson

Waltherson contacted Councilman Curran's office regarding several properties in our neighborhood.  We have received the following response on five properties from his office and Code Enforcement.

I wanted to follow up on your email below. We looked into the status of each of these properties, and we’re working to issue citations with associated fines, or have our attorneys take action, on each. Individual status updates are below.

-          Both 5215 Harford Road and 4817 Arabia are currently going through the receivership process, so they’ll be auctioned to new owners imminently. Their court dates are 9/25/12 and 9/11/12, respectively.
-          3502 Echodale: The owner was most recently issued a $900 citation on August 24th for not abating the vacant building notice. The citation requires the owner to pay the fine and abate the violation or face legal action from the City.
-          3100 Rueckert: We’re working on confirming ownership so that we can take action; in a recent conversation with our inspector, the owner’s wife informed us that the bank had sold the property. We need to determine what occurred so we can follow up with the appropriate responsible party.
-          3706 Southern: A vacant building notice was issued earlier this year; we’ll follow up to begin issuing citations right away. 
-       3814 Southern Ave. is going through the receivership process as well. We just received the results of our title search, so unless hurdles are encountered, a case will be filed in 2-3 weeks, and a court date will be set for 8-10 weeks from now.
-       3900 Southern Ave. appears to be owned by the same entity, but we’re currently working to clarify ownership and status and pursue legal action if warranted.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Join the fight for a Healthy Harbor!

Everybody knows that Baltimore Harbor is polluted, but did you know that there’s a movement underway to make it safe for swimming and fishing by the year 2020?  The Healthy Harbor movement was started by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, and is supported by Baltimore City as well as area businesses and nonprofit organizations. 

To see an example of what the Healthy Harbor movement has accomplished so far, you need only take a stroll down to the Inner Harbor to see the two thousand square feet of floating wetlands that have been installed next to the World Trade Center.  These islands float on plastic bottles that were recovered from the Harbor and use natural processes to remove pollutants from the water while providing native habitat for birds, fish, crabs, and other marine life. 

Waterfront Partnership, in collaboration with Blue Water Baltimore, is also working with neighborhoods upstream of the Harbor to help them become Clean Water Communities.  Neighborhoods are spreading the word and making a difference by cleaning up vacant lots, installing rain barrels, and painting storm drains.  Storm drain art engages neighborhood youth and helps neighborhoods keep their streets clean by reminding people that anything going down a storm drain ends up in the Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay.  Neighborhood storm drain murals often depict fish and crabs and include catch phrases like “trash in the street pollutes what we eat,” others remind residents of long buried urban streams that still flow beneath City streets with phrases like “Harris Creek is under our feet.”

To learn more about how to get yourself, your community or your business involved in the Healthy Harbor movement visit HealthyHarborBaltimore.org, follow Healthy Harbor on Facebook or contact Adam Lindquist at Adam@WaterfrontPartnership.org.

Monday, July 30, 2012

August Newsletter & Meeting

A copy of the August Newsletter is linked to below. Our August meeting will be at Harbel at 7:45 PM on Wednesday, August 1st.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/101523917/Waltherson-August-2012-Newsletter

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Drop Off Locations for Storm Debris

Public Works Director Alfred H. Foxx reminds citizens that our drop-off locations are open to collect storm debris.

Bureau of Solid Waste Drop off locations are open today, Sunday, July 1, 2012, from 9:00 am - 3:00  pm.

Drop off locations will also be open for regular business hours this week except for the July 4th holiday.  

Storm damaged bulk debris: Up until Friday, July 13 residences with storm damaged bulk debris may call 311 to request a special solid waste storm damaged bulk pickup.


To view drop off locations and regular hours:
http://www.baltimorecity.gov/Portals/0/agencies/public%20works/public%20downloads/2010/Citizen%20Drop%20Off%20Map.pdf

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Shooting in 4600 Blk Harford Rd

As many of you may have learned early this morning at 12:13 AM a 25 year old man was shot in the commission of a robbery in the 4600 Blk Harford Rd. near Grindon Ave. Here is the link to the Sunpapers’ article pertaining to this incident:


Major Darryl DeSousa the Commanding Officer of the Northeast Police District has shared with me:

The victim was an adult male employee from McDonald's who just left work, who was confronted by a black male who announced a robbery. Detectives are actively and intensely working the case, and its resolution is a significant priority for the Northeast District.

If you have any information concerning this incident, please contact the Northeast District’s Detective Unit at: 410-396-2449.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Reminder: Fireworks illegal in city limits.

Major Darryl DeSousa the Commanding Officer of the Northeast Police District would like to share the following with you:

“With the fourth of July rapidly approaching, it is certainly understood that fireworks are a large part of that celebration. Professional fireworks displays can create a fun and enjoyable night for all. However, when taken away from professionals and used by amateurs, fireworks can become extremely dangerous.

In Baltimore City ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL!

Violators who possess or discharge illegal fireworks are subject to a misdemeanor fine of up to $250. The sale of fireworks without a permit is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine. (Public Safety Article 10-110). In addition with being fined and or arrested for illegal fireworks, you can be fined for Noise regulation beyond basic sound, up to $100. Individuals found in violation of these laws face arrest and prosecution, in addition to possible serious injuries as a result of their carelessness.

We want all citizens to have a safe and enjoyable summer. Please refrain from this risky and often deadly behavior.”

Thursday, June 21, 2012

BMZA Hearing for Tattoo Parlor at 5528 Belair Rd

Under appeal number 2012-218 Micelelle Fortune is appealing to the Board of Municipal Zoning Appeals (BMZA) to use 5528 Belair Rd. for a tattoo and piercing parlor. The BMZA will hear this appeal on Tuesday, @ 2 PM in Room 215 at City Hall. 

We have found that letters of either support or opposition to the BMZA from the affected community and HARBEL have had significant impact on the BMZA's decisions.  Thus, I would urge you to take a position on this issue as quickly as possible, and write a letter to the BMZA. 

Further, if your community association apprises me of its position in this matter as soon as you possibly can, I will ensure a letter from HARBEL is FAXED to the BMZA supporting your position prior to the hearing.

Letters should be mailed to:

Mr. David Tanner
Executive Director
Board of Municipal Zoning Appeals
417 East Fayette St., 14th floor, Rm. 1432
Baltimore, MD 21202

Mr. Tanner’s FAX number is: 410-625-8422

Mr. Tanner’s E-mail is: david.tanner@baltimorecity.gov

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Wanted: Robbery of KFC on Belair Rd


WANTED
BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT
                  

Above suspects are wanted for the armed commercial robbery of the KFC located at 6219 Belair Rd on 6/3/12. Both suspects were described as male/black, in the age range of 18-22yrs. Both are between 5-7”-5-9”. The suspect in all black has a heavier build than the other suspect. Suspect in the green was armed with a silver semi-auto handgun and jumped over the counter. They were last seen running northbound on Rasp Ave on 435 post.  Any unit with information on these suspects, or sees males with this clothing description in the area, please contact Citywide Robbery.

Detective Name: Bill Taylor                                    CC#12 4F01265
Contact Number 410 366-6341    

Saturday, June 2, 2012

June Newsletter & Meeting

A copy of the June Newsletter is linked to below. Our June meeting will be at Harbel at 7:45 PM on Wednesday, June 6th.  Please note there will be no July meeting next month.

June Newsletter

Monday, May 21, 2012

Baltimore International Academy moving to St. Anthony's

In school year 2012-2013 the Baltimore International Academy is moving to its new location at 4410 Frankford Avenue, next to the St. Anthony of Padua Church. This location was previously the site of the former St. Anthony’s School and recently, the former Mother Mary Lange School.

The Baltimore International Academy is a k-8 school that offers Baltimore residents an opportunity to have their children become bilingual through a public language immersion program.  Students who are in kindergarten and grade 1 are able to choose to immerse themselves in Russian, French, or Mandarin Chinese as their language of instruction.  Students in grades 2 to 8 learn French through the Rosetta Stone Program, which is an interactive, multi-media language-learning set of programs that replicate the environment in which learners naturally acquire new language.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Burglaries in NE Baltimore

Recently WBAL TV reported that the communities of Hamilton Hills, North Harford Road, and Westfield have sustained about eight burglaries in the last few weeks. Police indicate the burglars start with a knock on the door, and when there's no answer, they go to the rear of the home and try to get in that way through an unlocked door or window.

Potential burglars may watch your home, and when they see you leave, knock on your front door to see if you are home.  If the door is not answered, they will break in the home. Try to vary your movements as much as possible to not establish a discernible pattern.   If the door is answered, they may ask for a person who does not live at the house or ask if you requested a food delivery that you did not order.  If this occurs, call 911 and report it.  Also, if you see unknown persons suspiciously knocking on neighbors’ doors, report that via 911.

Here is some more information on how you can reduce the risk of being a burglary victim:

Current Burglary Trends in the Northeast District

The Northeast District has shared the following concerning the manner in which suspects are currently committing burglaries: 

  • They are entering homes through a basement door, kitchen window, or side door
  • They are placing items in suitcases found in the house and are exiting via the front door
  • They are typically leaving the area via a car or a U-haul of box truck parked in front of the house being burglarized 

The police are asking you to call 911 if you observe any of the following:

  • People walking with suitcases
  • People entering the rear and side of houses that appear to be unusual
  • If you see suspicious people getting into cars or box trucks or suspicious cars or box trucks is in your neighborhood, try to get a full or partial tag number and call 911
  • If you see a U-haul or a box truck in your area and persons are loading items into it call 911, and again try to get a full or partial tag number and call 911

Please be as specific as you possibly can when describing property stolen from you

  • The police are recovering what they believe to be stolen property, particularly jewelry, but they have often been unable to match it to that which has been reported stolen, thereby charging the person in possession of it with a crime and returning it to rightful owner.  Please try to be as specific as you possibly can be concerning descriptions of property that is stolen especially jewelry.

The police are finding that burglars are posing as lawn care personnel.  They then wait until the victim goes to work and burglarize the house

  • They are suggesting that you attempt to use lawn care providers that you know
  • If you agree to let someone you do not know cut your lawn, make sure you ask and receive photo identification and that you record their full name, address, and date of birth

The police believe that burglars are posing as home repair contractors

  • They are asking, if you see work vans in your area, you call 911.

  • The police are finding many large items such as big screen TV’s are being taken in recent burglaries, and they believe that burglars are using vans and box trucks to transport these items out of the area.

Here are some tips concerning Burglary Prevention:

1.       Doors secured with single cylinder deadbolts.  Mail and newspapers are not accumulating on the porch or in front of home.
2.       Windows locked.  In 70% of the burglaries committed in Northeast Baltimore entrance is gained via a rear or side window.
3.       Keep Blinds and Shades closed.  Do not leave your wallet, car keys, or other valuables in plain view
4.       Trees and shrubs are trimmed short enough so that all windows and doors are visible from the street and people cannot hide behind them.
5.       Examine your basement windows and doors.  They are normally a neglected portion of a house and thus its weakest point.  If they are old and can be easily forced, consider replacing the door and the windows with stronger frames or glass block.
6.       When leaving the house for vacation, lights are connected to timers that go on and off during evening hours. Newspapers and mail are being held and are not accumulating on the lawn, porch, and steps.
7.       Front and rear porch lights are left on throughout the night so that the front and back of the house is constantly lit and visible.  Consider utilizing motion activated spotlights on the side and the rear of your home.
8.       If you are out of your home, leave radios on at the front and back doors of your house that are tuned to a talk radio station, and if you are away for an extended period of time, place the radios on timers.
9.       If you see suspicious persons walking down the street with unboxed TV’s or computers, leaving a neighbor’s home, or entering the rear window of your neighbor’s home. Call 911.
10.   It has been learned the burglars often survey or case their targets by posing as either carpenters or home repair persons.   They also have been known to call their targets by phone to determine when they are not home, and they will hang up immediately if you answer the phone.
11.   Burglars will often pose as contractors and steal items while in your house, or leave an entry to the house open, so that they can later easily gain entry. If you are having contractors work on your home, ensure you use contractors licensed by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC).  You can ensure the license is valid by going online to:
It is also wise to ask for and contact references and to check their rating with the Better Business by typing this link into your browser:  http://greatermd.bbb/Find-Business-Reviews/.
12.   If you are going away for a period of time, call the Northeast District at 410-396-2444 and ask the police pay special attention to the home while you are away.
13.   Engrave your valuables with your Maryland Driver’s License Number known as your Soundex Number. 
14.   The interview of a burglar charged with numerous burglaries in Northeast Baltimore revealed silent alarms did not deter him.  However, if he activated an audible alarm when he entered his target, he fled immediately.  If you install an alarm, consider ensuring it has an audible alarm component.
15.   If you purchase electronic items such as: televisions, desk top computers, lap tops, and DVR’s please do not place the boxes in front of or in the rear of your home for collection.  It is an open invitation for burglars to break into your house to steal the new items.  It is recommended you tear or cut the boxes into pieces and place them in closed recycling bins.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Proposed change to Frankford / Course Intersection

Please see the new proposed redesign of the Intersection at Frankford Ave/Course Ave and let us know if you have any feedback.



Faith Community Yard Sale

Event: Faith Community UM Church, Yard Sale
Date: May 19, 2012 (Rain Date: May 26, 2012)
Time: 9 AM – 2 PM
Day of Week: Saturday
Location: Faith Community, UM Church, 5315 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214

Rent a space for just $20 and sell/give away those items to: Re-organize your home, Display your arts, crafts, or products, Prepare for a move, Promote your group, and Sell garden plants. Car wash and refreshments also available. Proceeds to benefit the outreach and youth ministries.
Only the church will sell food, drink. For more information or to register contact: 410-426-8177 or faith_community@verizon.net.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Herring Run Nursery Sale

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Herring Run Nursery
6131 Hillen Rd Baltimore, MD
The Herring Run Nursery, an affiliate of Blue Water Baltimore, is home to one of Baltimore City’s largest selection of native trees, shrubs, and vines. This season we will offer an attractive variety of native perennials, edible berry bushes and trees, and medicinal plants. Customers will also be able to purchase hardwood mulch and gardening books at most sales. Our nursery is supported by a professional staff that will assist you in finding the right combination of plants for your yard.
We honor coupons from the Marylanders Plant Trees Program, which offers $25 off a tree costing $50 or more.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days are Back!


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Public Works Director Alfred H. Foxx remind citizens that Baltimore City’s Household Hazardous Waste monthly collection events have begun at the Northwest Citizen Convenience Center located at 2840 Sisson Street. 

These events provide an opportunity for Baltimore City residents ONLY to dispose of hazardous household materials such as oil-based paints, pesticides, herbicides, car and household batteries, drain cleaners, gasoline, pool chemicals and many other items. (Latex paint is NOT hazardous waste; it can be dried up and the cans put out for regular trash collection.) Businesses and private haulers must contract with a certified vendor to dispose of hazardous waste. 

Residents can take these items to the Northwest Citizen Convenience Center on the last Friday and Saturday of every month from April through November.  The remaining drop-off dates are: 

May 25 & 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
June 29 & 30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
July 27 & 28 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
August 24 & 25 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
September 28 & 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
October 26 & 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
November 23 & 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

As a reminder, residents must show proof of city residency, e.g. a driver's license, telephone bill or tax bill, before they can drop off any hazardous items. Residents must also be able to identify the material. Materials that will not be collected as household hazardous waste include trash, asbestos, ammunition, fire extinguishers, industrial and medical wastes, and radioactive materials, including smoke alarms with a radioactive symbol.