Topic: DPW Citation for Trash in Street – valid? How to report others?
DPW Citation for Trash in Street – valid? How to report others?
My single family home in Columbia Heights received a DPW warning for trash in front of our curb (note: we did not leave this trash here, our constantly littering neighbors did). Now, I actually have no problem with requiring property owners to maintain the public property abutting their private property, but all published DC regulations and notices I can find state that the requirement to maintain 18 inches of street only applies to commercial properties or buildings with 3 or more tenants – houses just need to clean up the area up to the curb (including tree boxes). http://dpw.dc.gov/DPW/DCRecyclingRegulations/702_Title%2021_Chapter%207.pdf
Am I missing something? If our inspector was wrong – should we protest, even though it was only a warning (just in case it happens again)? Finally – as I said, I actually support the requirement to keep the area around your property clean, but I want to be certain that the trash-prone business on 14th St and my negligent neighbors get the same DPW attention. What’s the best way to report them that will result in DPW inspections (and fines) quickly – just 311?