Nuisance abatement slated for discussion

June 05, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — Residents will share their concerns about the nuisance abatement ordinance the City Council will consider passing during its meeting Wednesday.

The council has been trying to pass an ordinance that would crack down on property owners whose yards have become nuisances or eyesores.

The idea is for a private company to come into the city to do inspections and if the company finds a residence a nuisance or hazard, it would notify the owner under the authority of the city and give the owner time to clean the property.

In recent council meetings, residents have expressed their dislike for some of the ordinance's requirements.

During the last council meeting, Mayor Henry Halcon asked residents if they would create a committee to look over and suggest adjustments to the ordinance.


"There are a lot of problems on the ordinance that are hurting people," said Tina Cruz, a committee member.

"I don't think it's benefiting the community or the people," she said.

"I hope they approve the changes that we've made. I don't see why they wouldn't. What we changed benefits it, enhances it and makes it better," she added.

Also on the agenda, the council will vote on a resolution authorizing city Finance Director Rita Ramos to apply for bicycle and/or pedestrian funds from the local transit fund from the Imperial Valley Association of Governments.

The amount sought would be $10,000 and would go to building sidewalks on Third Street.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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