*Please note the flier that went out in the mail indicated that homeowners on corner lots that placed their bins in the backyard require a shield so that bins cannot be visible from the street. That is incorrect. As long as the bin is behind the house it does not require a shield. We apologize for any confusion.*
The City Council recently approved Ordinance 947 (link to full ordinance below) which regulates the shielding and placement of trash and recycling bins in Roeland Park neighborhoods. Bins may be placed in the backyard behind the house without a shield. Bins may also be placed in the front or side of the house provided they have a proper shield that screens the bins from any public street. For those on corner lots who choose to store their bins on the front or side of the house, this means bins cannot be visible from the street to the side or front of the home. Any shield must be large enough to cover the bin in its entirety. Below are some examples of acceptable versus unacceptable shields.
Code enforcement will begin enforcing this ordinance soon. First-time violators will be issued a warning with a door hanger which will be placed on the front door of the house. The hanger will inform the property owner that they will be issued a $10 fine if their containers are not shielded from view within 48 hours or if the violation is repeated within 180 days of the warning issuance. A separate citation may be issued for each day that the violation continues thereafter. If any citation remains unpaid for 30 days, the property owner may be issued a complaint and given notice to appear in Municipal Court.
We greatly appreciate your cooperation with these changes and all efforts made on your part to stay within City Code. If you have any questions or concerns, please call City Hall at (913) 722-2600 or email Jennifer Jones-Lacy, the Assistant City Administrator at email@example.com or Shiloh Wells, the Neighborhood Services Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.