Trash is starting to pile up in front of some homes in Gibson County and officials want it to stop. Princeton has an ordinance restricting which items are eligible for trash pick up, but officials tell me those rules haven't been followed or enforced for years. Now the Water and Sanitation Superintendent J.B. Brines says enough is enough and some items may be left on the curb.
"We can't continue because it's costing us a fortune to do this," said Brines.
Brines took over the position in February and since then he has been taking pictures of mounds of trash along Princeton roads.
"I've worked full shifts on the back of these trucks on both routes eight to ten times to experience what my guys were complaining about," said Brines.
Brines plans to rewrite the book on what trash will and will not be picked up, "Enough is enough before somebody gets hurt. Hurt their back trying to load this stuff or before we tear up more equipment trying to haul it." Old furniture, carpeting, and building materials will be some of the items no longer picked up.
Brines says he will give residents a couple months to adjust to the new ordinance, but eventually $25 fines will be given, and the fines will increase with each offense.
"I think that's a little high fine. Depends on how heavy the stuff is," said Princeton resident Lowell Pyle.
Brines says this new ordinance is to keep city workers safe, but it's also about boosting city pride.
"This is not everybody. We've got some good people out there that take just as much pride in Princeton as I do and I wish everybody did."
Brines says the new ordinance should be completed within the next month, then it will go to the city council for a vote.