1. Laurila: "I'm on it."


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    The Joint BPW/City Council committee took up the issue of the "purple bags" at its March 2010 meeting. The Springfield Republican, a daily newspaper, distributes an advertising supplement called "Extra," which is clad in a purple plastic bag. Contractors throw them from cars at peoples' houses. The bags end up on the sidewalks, in bushes, front yards, and snowbanks. "People are really pissed off," said Ward 1 Councilor Paul Spector. Jim Laurila, City Engineer, is the enforcer of the City's littering ordinance. Laurila said that attempts to "work with" the Republican on the issue of the bags had resulted in failure. Here they talk about how much money they could make by enforcing the littering ordinance, which charges $100 per violation.

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