WEST BEND —
Officials from the downtown West Bend Business Improvement District
will begin sending another set of letters to retailers and property
owners within their jurisdiction.
of addressing the parking situation, the notices will serve to
encourage proprietors to care for their storefronts by placing
garbage and other items that have been left by guests in the
“Do we maybe
send a letter to the bars and the restaurants within the BID and
encourage them to put receptacles out in front of their
establishments?” asked Board President Mike Husar.
surrounding the issue began a couple of months ago when one of the
board members, Peggy Fischer, complained of cigarette butts accruing
on the pavements and streets in the area.
Economic Development Manager Adam Gitter began researching potential
answers meant to address the issue. One was to affix containers
designed specifically for used cigarettes to the garbage containers
that are available in the downtown.
In total, 10
containers would cost officials almost $800. That includes
manufacturing and shipping the item.
thought, as a former smoker, if I were to walk up to a garbage can
with a cigarette but, I just assume put it out and put it in the
trash,” Board member Brian Culligan said. “I don’t know that
attaching this receptacle to the trash can is going to make me any
more inclined … I guess it is a little redundant, to put a
receptacle on a receptacle.”
agreed, and the discussion transitioned to ensuring that used
cigarettes, along with other garbage is placed in the appropriate
location, not on the street, curb and sidewalks. In general, they
believed that responsibility belonged to the retailers located
within the area.
“I think it goes
along with Tony’s feeling, and all of our feelings that, we need to
take care of our own buildings, sweep and do what we need to do to
maintain them.” Husar said. “I don’t think this is going to solve
the problem of cigarette butts on the street.”
they want to encourage retailers to place garbage cans near the
entrances of their establishments as a reminder to customers to
place their cigarettes in the garbage once they done with them.
subsidizing the cost of the garbage cans as an act of good faith to
business owners, but others disagreed.
“I guess my
concern of saying, ‘we will pay for half,’ what is the next thing
that is going to come along for another type of business,” Husar
said. “They are going to say, ‘well, you paid for half of this, well
maybe you should pay for half of this for me.’ I am not in favor of
paying for half.”
In the end,
board members decided they would pursue the option of a letter
petitioning business owners to place additional garbage cans near