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File #: 16-1528    Version: 1 Name: 11/10/16 Solicitied and Unsolicited Printed Matter Distribution Ordinance
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/10/2016 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/21/2016 Final action: 11/21/2016
Enactment date: 11/10/2016 Enactment #: ORD-16-25
Title: An Ordinance to Amend Sections 7:91, 7:92, 7:93, 7:94, 7:95, 7:96, 7:97, 7:98, 7:100, 7:101, 7:102, 7:103, and 7:104, Repeal Section 7:99 and Revise the Title of Chapter 82, Littering and Distribution of Handbills, of Title VII of the Code of the City of Ann Arbor (Ordinance No. ORD-16-25)
Sponsors: Chuck Warpehoski, Christopher Taylor, Kirk Westphal, Graydon Krapohl, Julie Grand, Jane Lumm
Attachments: 1. Chapter 82 Briefed and Approved as Amended on 112116, 2. Proposed Amendment to Chapter 82, 3. 16-25 Chapter_82___LITTERING_AND_DISTRIBUTION_OF_PRINT MATERIALS.pdf, 4. Chapter_82___LITTERING_AND_DISTRIBUTION_OF_PRINT MATERIALS.pdf
Title
An Ordinance to Amend Sections 7:91, 7:92, 7:93, 7:94, 7:95, 7:96, 7:97, 7:98, 7:100, 7:101, 7:102, 7:103, and 7:104, Repeal Section 7:99 and Revise the Title of Chapter 82, Littering and Distribution of Handbills, of Title VII of the Code of the City of Ann Arbor (Ordinance No. ORD-16-25)
Memorandum
This ordinance amendment intends to address the unsolicited delivery of printed matter to residential properties, which is often accomplished in a manner that is detrimental both to the private property owner as well as to the public.
The specific sections of the ordinance amendment that effect substantive change are Sections 1, 2, and 8, which distinguish between two categories of printed matter: unsolicited and solicited. Section 3 is amended to clarify that the lawn extension is part of the Street (i.e. within the public right-of-way). The remainder of the sections replace the term "handbill" with the new terms "unsolicited printed matter" and "solicited printed matter," make stylistic changes, or both.
Unsolicited printed matter delivered to residential property is a public nuisance and contributes to litter and blight because it is often flung from a vehicle and lands in streets, public sidewalks, and lawn extensions. Because the delivery was not requested, many property owners do not pick it up and take it into their homes. If the home is vacant (for example, when the owner is on vacation or the property is abandoned), the unsolicited matter piles up making it obvious that the property is a good target for crime in addition to blighting the neighborhood. Even if a property owner is inclined to retrieve it, unsolicited printed matter tends to be relatively lightweight increasing the likelihood it will be blown or washed into the street potentially blocking sewer grates and littering the neighborhood. In addition, there have been complaints that "unsubscribe" requests to the companies responsible for the delivery are not being honored, even thou...

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