BAKER, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – Blight and abandonment aren’t just neighborhood eyesores. To Baker Councilman Charles Vincent it’s also a health and safety hazard just waiting to happen.
“I guess we’re like other cities when it comes to blight, but this proposal is about safety,” Vincent says.
Vincent proposed an ordinance designed to keep people from throwing out what he calls “White goods” or things things that can open and close, like a refrigerator, stove, or diswasher. Vincent thinks throwing out these things without proper care could cause a hazard.
“We want you to secure them so a kid won’t have access to them or get in them especially if they’re self locking.”
The new ordinance if passed, would require the baker police department to ensure that white goods thrown out for pickup are properly locked and secured before the pickup date.
“Tape them up real good or take the hinges off the door. Make sure they cannot be opened so no one can get trapped in there and cause a death.”
Vincent says that people who don’t adhere to the ordinance could face a fine upwards of $100 dollars.