LaFayette City Council, during its October meeting, voted 4-0 to raise fines for littering.

According to City Manager David Hamilton, during September's strategic planning meeting residents voiced concerns about littering and suggested raising fines. Fines were as low as $25.

The change to the city's anti-littering ordinance now allows the city judge to start fines at $200 and go up to $1,000.

The concern for littering and properties fall under the city's PRIDE (Protect Revitalize Invest Develop Enjoy) initiative.

"We have more and more people taking PRIDE in our community and this is another step in supporting community efforts to continue our positive momentum," Hamilton said.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at jobryant@npco.com.