In favor of making the first offense a warning were councilors Hart, John Michitson, Michael McGonagle and Robert Scatamacchia. Against were councilors William Ryan, William Macek, Colin LePage and Tom Sullivan. Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien did not attend the meeting.
The mayor’s proposal to hike fines for repeat offenders then passed 8 to 0.
After the meeting, Fiorentini stressed that first-time offenders are “almost always” sent a warning letter that includes a copy of the trash ordinance.
“We are not targeting people who make honest mistakes,” the mayor said. “But we have to be vigilant in keeping our neighborhoods clean. When there’s trash all over the street or it’s been left out for days, it send the message that we don’t care about that neighborhood. And that’s when bad people move in and everyone’s property values go down.”