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Newspaper Litter Law Proposal

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Topic: Newspaper Litter Law Proposal
Posted By: Monroe News
Subject: Newspaper Litter Law Proposal
Date Posted: May 10 2019 at 11:28am

Mr. Clark referenced emails Council received about the newspapers that are thrown in the
driveways and would like to stop this. He is not opposed to advertising, but doing it this way he
does not agree with.

Mr. Brock advised he spoke with Mr. Callahan and it could be considered littering and it would
require a police officer to catch them in the act and cite them in the court. Mr. Clark felt that action
could not only be taken against the contractor that is doing this as well as the company they are
working for. Mayor Routson agreed and we should send them a letter advising them what action
the City will take if it does not stop.

Source: Monroe Council Minutes
Regular Meeting of Council April 23, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio 45050

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Posted By: Houndog
Date Posted: May 12 2019 at 10:15pm
This is great news. I simply throw them directly in the trash. Who would think in 2019 someone would actually pay to publish material tossed in a driveway?


Posted By: John Beagle
Date Posted: May 20 2019 at 3:12pm
Originally posted by Houndog Houndog wrote:

This is great news. I simply throw them directly in the trash. Who would think in 2019 someone would actually pay to publish material tossed in a driveway?

Yes I'm sure there will be a law against it soon in Monroe. Sign of the times.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
-Joseph Campbell

Posted By: Houndog
Date Posted: May 20 2019 at 9:43pm
Originally posted by John Beagle John Beagle wrote:

Originally posted by Houndog Houndog wrote:

This is great news. I simply throw them directly in the trash. Who would think in 2019 someone would actually pay to publish material tossed in a driveway?

Yes I'm sure there will be a law against it soon in Monroe. Sign of the times.

Actually, considering most homes in Monroe fall under an HOA I'm shocked this hasn't been taken care of already. Personally, Mr. B. you know me. I wouldn't last ten minutes in a neighborhood with an HOA. 


Posted By: John Beagle
Date Posted: May 21 2019 at 4:30pm
I'd give you at least a hour.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
-Joseph Campbell

Posted By: Monroe News
Date Posted: May 29 2019 at 10:23am
Mr. Clark asked if the sample legislation for the advertising circulars that are thrown out of the
vehicles has been tested in court. Mr. Callahan was not aware of it being tested. Mr. Clark would
like to see the legislation on a future agenda.

Source: Monroe Council Minutes
Regular Meeting of Council
May 14, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio

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Posted By: Monroe News
Date Posted: May 29 2019 at 10:25am



WHEREAS,   the   Constitution   of   the   State   of   Ohio,   in   Article   XVIII,   Section   
3,   grants municipalities the authority to exercise all powers of local self government and to 
enforce local police, sanitary, and other similar regulations as are not in conflict with the 
general laws; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to this constitutional home rule authority, the people of the City of Monroe, 
Ohio, have adopted a Charter and Codified Ordinances to exercise the powers of local self- 
government and enforce local police power regulations; and

WHEREAS, the City has substantial, legitimate interests in preserving and maintaining a high level 
of sanitation throughout the City by reducing visual blight and litter; and

WHEREAS, the City has experienced ongoing problems with the delivery of unsolicited written 
materials to areas of private property such as yards and driveways, commonly resulting in materials 
remaining in such locations for extended periods of time, causing visual blight;

WHEREAS,  the  City has  received  resident  complaints  related  to  unsolicited  written  
materials being delivered to locations on the residents’ private property which, in addition to 
causing visual blight and the spread of litter, cause hardship on residents forced to collect these 
materials from various portions of their or neighboring property; and

WHEREAS, the City wishes to reduce visual blight, littering, and the interference with private 
property associated with the delivery of unsolicited written materials while at the same time 
protecting the First Amendment rights of the persons and organizations delivering those materials.

WHEREAS,  the  issue  of  delivery  of  unsolicited  material  has  been  discussed  by  Council  
in numerous  regular  sessions  and  attempts  to  deal  with  the  adverse  effects  of  delivery 
of unsolicited  material  under  existing  ordinances  and  though  voluntary  action  by  those 
responsible for delivering such material has been unsuccessful; and

WHEREAS, based on observation from City Council members and findings in other communities, City 
Council finds that  some of the  unsolicited  materials can and  do migrate to public property, 
where upon they become litter; and

WHEREAS, in light of the thousands of unsolicited materials delivered in the City each year, the 
City has a reasonable basis to believe that restricting such deliveries to certain specified

locations will bring about a more consistent esthetic and reduce litter; and

WHEREAS, requiring all unsolicited materials to be delivered to consistent, predictable locations 
will  further  reduce  the  visual  impact  of  such  materials  by  increasing  the  chances  that 
recipients will find and collect the materials and discard them in an appropriate manner; and

WHEREAS,  City Council  finds  that  this  ordinance  leaves  open  ample  alternative  channels  
of communication and does not prohibit the right for individuals to travel door-to-door to 
proselytize, and leave literature with residents;


SECTION 1:   Chapter 660 of the Codified Ordinances is hereby supplemented to read as follows:


(a) As used in this section:

Front door: means the street-facing entrance(s) to a principal structure. In the event no door 
faces  the  street,  then  any  other  door  of  a  principal  structure  nearest  the  street  
shall  be considered a front door for purposes of this section.

Person: means any person, firm, corporation, limited liability company, association, club, society 
or other organization.

Porch: means an exterior appendage to a principal structure leading to a doorway, including any 
stairway attached thereto.

Premises: means a lot, plot, or parcel of land including any structures, driveways, or other 
impervious surfaces thereon.

Principal structure: means a structure, or combination of structures of primary importance on  the  
premises,  and  that  contains  the  primary  use  associated  with  the  premises.  The primary 
use is characterized by identifying the main activity taking place on the premises.

Unsolicited  written  materials:  means  any  written  materials  delivered  to  any  premises 
without  the  express  invitation  or  permission,  in  writing  or  otherwise,  by  the  owner, 
occupant, or lessee of such premises.

(b)  No  Person  shall  deliver,  place,  or  distribute  unsolicited  written  materials  to  any 
premises other than in the following locations and manners: (1) On a porch, if one exists, nearest 
the front door; or (2) So that such materials are securely attached to the front door; or (3) 
Through a mail slot on the front door or principal structure, if one exists, as permitted by  the  
United  States  Postal  Service  Domestic  Mail  Manual,  Section  508  Recipient Services,  
Subsection  3.1.2;  or  (4)  Between  the  exterior  front  door,  if  one  exists  and  is 
unlocked, and the interior front door; or (5) Where permitted, in a distribution box located

on or adjacent to the premises; or (6) Securely attached to a hook or within some other receptacle 
used for the delivery of non-U.S. Mail packages or materials, attached to the mailbox post for the 
premises, if it exists; or (7) Personally to the owner, occupant, and/or lessee of the premises.

(c) Notwithstanding subsection (B), an owner, lessee, or occupant maintains the right to restrict 
entry to his or her premises. Any entry onto private property under this section remains subject to 
the provisions in section 854.07 of the Monroe Codified Ordinances regarding entry onto property 
with a sign bearing the words “No Peddlers, Solicitors, or Canvassers Invited,” or words of similar 

(d) Organizational liability. It is the intent of City Council to jointly impose organizational 
liability under  Monroe  Code  606.08  for  violation  of  this  section  by  any  officer,  agent 
(including  but  not  limited  to  an  independent  contractor),  or  employee  of  a  business  or 
organization while acting on behalf of the business or organization and within the scope of the 
officer's, employee's or agent's office or employment.

(e) Timestamped photographic evidence of unsolicited written materials located upon a premises, 
other than as permitted pursuant to Section B, creates a rebuttable presumption that the materials 
were placed at the premises by the owner, officer, agent (including but not  limited  to  an  
independent  contractor),  or  employee  of  the  business,  product,  good, service, or message 
which is being advertised, promoted, endorsed, or conveyed in such materials. Where the materials 
are delivered as a package and relate to multiple businesses, products,  goods,  services,  or  
messages,  the  presumption  shall  apply  to  the  identified distributor of the package of 
materials, if any.  Violation of this section is a strict liability offense and the prosecution of 
an offense under this section is relieved from proof of any other  culpable  mental  state  as  
defined  in  section  606.07  of  the  Monroe  Codified Ordinances.

(f) The provisions of this section do not apply to the United States Postal Service.

(g)  Severability.  If  any  provision,  clause,  sentence,  or  paragraph  of  this  section  or  
the application thereof to any person or circumstances shall be held invalid, that invalidation 
shall not affect the other provisions of this section which can be given effect without the invalid 
provision or application, and to this end, the provisions of this section are declared to be 

(h) Whoever violates any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor on a 
first offense. Any subsequent offense shall be charged as a third degree misdemeanor if  the  
defendant  has  previously  been  convicted  individually  or  under  organizational liability. A 
separate offense shall be deemed committed each day during or on which a violation  or  
noncompliance  occurs  or  continues.  The  penalty  shall  be  as  provided  in Chapter 698 of  
the Monroe Code depending on  the defendant’s status  as  an individual and/or organization.

SECTI   N 2:   All of the other provisions of Chapters 660 shall remain in full force and effect. 
If any.

SECTION 3:   It is hereby found and determined that all formal actions of this Council concerning 
and  relating to  the  passage  of  this  Ordinance  were  adopted  in  an  open  meeting of  this 
Council and that all deliberations of this Council and of any of its Committees that resulted in 
such formal action were in meetings open to the public and in compliance with all legal 
requirements including Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.

SECTION 4:  This measure shall take effect and be in full force from and after the earliest period 
allowed by law.

Source: Monroe Council Minutes
Regular Meeting of Council
May 14, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio

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Posted By: zapp2525
Date Posted: Jul 07 2019 at 8:53am
When will this take effect ?


Posted By: John Beagle
Date Posted: Aug 12 2019 at 2:52pm
The fifth of never.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
-Joseph Campbell

Posted By: zapp2525
Date Posted: Aug 14 2019 at 6:16am
Exactly it's still in my driveway every Monday am.............


Posted By: Wolfie
Date Posted: Aug 23 2019 at 9:22pm
There was a cadillac suv pulling into each driveway on our street and throwing a bagged newspaper into each front yard tonight.  Doesn't seem like this proposed law is going to make any difference!


Posted By: zapp2525
Date Posted: Aug 26 2019 at 6:45am


Posted By: Monroe News
Date Posted: Oct 22 2019 at 9:47am
Ordinance No. 2019-31. An Ordinance supplementing Chapter 660 of the Codified Ordinances
to regulate unsolicited materials.

Mr. Callahan advised that the difference between these two ordinances is the first ordinance
adopted contains criminal penalties. In April of this year the United States Court of Appeals
upheld the Lexington-Fayette Urban County ordinance that contained civil penalties and provided
for an administrative appeal. Mr. Callahan felt it best to adopt legislation that has been upheld in
Federal Court.

Mr. Callahan encouraged that staff reach out to the distributors that we haven’t spoke with to work
with them to be in compliance with the legislation.

Mr. Hickman asked if the person received the unsolicited material will need to call the City to
complain in order for a citation to be issued. Mr. Callahan explained that if the code enforcement
person sees this material in front of someone’s house they need to confirm that the property owner
did not want them. If that is the case a citation would be issued.

Mr. Hickman could not imagine a staff member driving around every Monday morning and asking
each property owner if they wanted the material. This staff member is not going to have time to
do that.

Mr. Clark felt that enough people complain and citations are issued the problem will be resolved.
Mr. Hickman didn’t want to hire another employee just for this.

Mr. Clark moved to consider this the first reading of Ordinance No. 2019-31 and have it read by
title only; seconded by Mr. Frentzel. Voice vote. Motion carried.

The Clerk of Council read Ordinance No. 2019-31 by title only.
Mr. Clark moved to approve the first reading of Ordinance No. 2019-31; seconded by Mr.
Hickman. Roll call vote: seven ayes. Motion carried.

Source: Monroe Council Packet

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Posted By: zapp2525
Date Posted: Oct 22 2019 at 10:58am
Yep still get papers every Sunday


Posted By: Houndog
Date Posted: Oct 23 2019 at 9:49pm
Looking around Monroe. Unwanted tossed weeklies in the driveway are the least of its worries. The City needs to hire four more code enforcement officers to remind our citizens to take care of their own properties. The city is really not looking so good these days.


Posted By: Wolfie
Date Posted: Oct 23 2019 at 9:51pm
yep ^ .... and declare it an emergency.


Posted By: zapp2525
Date Posted: Oct 24 2019 at 11:00am
So trash is not a problem?


Posted By: Houndog
Date Posted: Oct 25 2019 at 10:44pm
Yes trash is a problem. And it comes in many forms.


Posted By: Houndog
Date Posted: Oct 26 2019 at 6:25pm
Like dead cars in driveways and side yards, year round RV’s and boats. General junk piled around houses. Weeds knee high. Like I said. Monroe has become a town where at least two or three enforcement officers are needed. The current officer works his a$$ off. I’ve spoken to him on more than one occasion he’s doing all he can.


Posted By: zapp2525
Date Posted: Oct 28 2019 at 1:10pm
I bet you haveWink


Posted By: Houndog
Date Posted: Oct 31 2019 at 11:00pm
I’m a villager. I remember when this town looked A LOT better than it does now.
Though I do also appreciate your humorous jab.


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