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Proposed Imperial nuisance abatement ordinance spurs debate

May 17, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — The city's proposed nuisance abatement ordinance was the topic of discussion during a public hearing during the Imperial City Council's meeting Wednesday.

Modeled largely after El Centro's nuisance abatement ordinance, City Manager Vincent Long said the Imperial ordinance is necessary to improve the "general welfare of the city."

The ordinance aims at defining exactly what a nuisance is and how the city may enforce its abatement. An appeals process is outlined in the ordinance. Additionally, language in the ordinance allows the city to contract out abatement services.

During the public hearing, Imperial resident Alexander Przytula told the council he is concerned with the ordinance's lack of clarification in the "abatement officer" description. He also was concerned about costs associated with enforcing the ordinance.

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"I really think you're on the right track," Imperial resident Patricia Burk told the council, praising its efforts on enforcing nuisance abatement. "We can really have a nice town if people would care."

Following the public hearing, the council voted to bring the issue to its next regular meeting where the council will discuss direction on the matter and possibly have a first reading.

City Councilman Tom Mazeroll advised his fellow council members to familiarize themselves with the draft ordinance and decide what changes need to be made to the ordinance, if any.

Copies of the draft ordinance are available for viewing at City Hall at 420 S. Imperial Ave.

The council will next meet at 7 p.m. June 6 in the council chambers.

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