Whitesburg police have begun spring cleaning.
Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields said he is focusing on enforcing city ordinances dealing with dogs running loose, junk piles, and parking and noise violations.
City police responded to numerous dog complaints since Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft at last week’s city council meeting demanded city police enforce a longstanding ordinance requiring citizens to either keep dogs on leashes or in an enclosure.
Citizens are mostly complaining of dogs in trash and dogs chasing people.
“(Monday) we contacted eight dog owners and everyone of them had put their dog on a leash,” said Fields. “The people I talked to said they weren’t aware of the leash law. Everybody has complied so far.”
Fields said he hasn’t fined any dog owners yet. If the offense isn’t corrected, dog owners could be fined $500 per day.
“We still have a few more places to visit,” said Fields.
After Craft’s comments at last week’s city council meeting, some people began to believe they were no longer allowed to own dogs in city limits. Field said that isn’t true.
“ You can own a dog, but it is required to be on a leash or inside a fence,” said Fields.
The police department has also received complaints recently about people parking on Main Street for more than the allowed two-hour increment. Those who reside in an apartment with a front-only entrance facing Main Street are exempt.
If potential customers can’t find a parking spot, businesses are affected, Fields added.
“Businesses want the parking enforced,” said Fields.
Fields cited seven motorists for leaving cars parked on Main Street for more than two hours on Monday. One of those motorists received two parking tickets for leaving the car parked for more than four hours. Fields also wrote three tickets for cars parked on Main Street facing the wrong direction.
Three tickets were issued on Monday for people parked in handicapped parking spaces near the Letcher County Courthouse. One ticket was issued for parking in a fire lane.
Fields didn’t have to write any parking tickets on Tuesday.
“It was in order today,” he said. Each parking violation carries a $10 fine.
Fields is trying to help rid the city of of eyesores by writing letters to residents who have junk piled near their homes.
“We have good people that live in this town,” said Fields. “Ninety-five percent are good, clean, quality people. You’ve got that five percent that pile their stuff up. That’s a huge safety hazard for everyone else around them.”
Junk and noise violations can carry a $500 fine.
Fields said his job requires him to enforce codes and ordinances. Other offi- cers will answer complaints.