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City Council seeks clear definition of the term nuisance

June 05, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — A proposed city nuisance abatement ordinance could have a first reading at the Imperial City Council meeting here Wednesday.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. in council chambers at 420 S. Imperial Ave.

The council is aiming at clearly defining exactly what a nuisance is and how the city may enforce its abatement through the ordinance. An appeals process is outlined in the ordinance as well as language allowing the city to contract out abatement services to enforce the ordinance.

Recent revisions have been made to the ordinance, including changes regarding the storage of immobile vehicles and a new item prohibiting garbage cans "visible from public streets for a period of more than 24 hours."

At its last meeting, the council conducted a public hearing in which comments were largely positive regarding the draft ordinance.

The draft ordinance is based largely on El Centro's nuisance abatement ordinance.

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

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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