Yakima explores tougher penalties for messy businesses

YAKIMA, Wash. -- KIMA continues to follow the clean-up effort on North First Street. Yakima is working on a new plan targeting businesses that make a mess.

A proposal going to city council focuses on spots with large piles of trash.

The ordinance up for debate would make it easier to enforce the rules.

Businesses that ignore their messes could be fined up to $100.

KIMA spoke with business owners who say it's a double-edged sword.

"Businesses cannot watch their property all the time. Sometime the property is bigger, mine is kind of medium sized. So, he can't watch every corner," said Bali Hai Motel owner Sonny Shah. "So people say ok, here's my tires here's my oil change can, what am I going to do? Throw it over here."

Yakima encourages you to report any illegal dumping at your business.

The measure goes to city council next week.