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Weed, graffiti, yard sale sign violations in S'side up in 2004

City of Sunnyside Property Maintenance Facilitator Bill Eikenbary kept himself busy in 2004.

Eikenbary provided the Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night with a summary of activities from his department in 2004.

"It was very busy," said Eikenbary. "All went well. I think it was a good year."

In 2004, Eikenbary responded to 1,342 complaints to his department, which resulted in 1,456 violations. Both figures are up dramatically from 2003, when Eikenbary addressed 987 complaints, resulting in 1,253 violations of city codes.

The rise in violations being identified can be traced to the fact Eikenbary addressed more issues last year, such as truck/weight restrictions and business signs.

Mayor Pro-tem Mike Farmer was concerned about what caused the rise in noxious weed reports, which rose from 120 in 2003 to 202 last year. Eikenbary said there was a weed problem because of the wet weather last year.

The city also received a number of complaints about semi-trucks being parked in different spots around the community. Also, there were 26 complaints in 2004 on truck/weight restriction violations.

Graffiti also saw a significant increase during the past year. In 2003, Eikenbary dealt with 203 reports of graffiti, which rose to 264 in 2004.

"It is on the increase," said Eikenbary. "I don't have an answer for that (why it is increasing)."

Eikenbary said he is waiting for the weather to warm up before he goes out and cleans the graffiti.

Yard sale sign violations saw a significant increase from 240 in 2003 to 387 last year.

One of the more significant decreases in violations in 2004 deals with abandoned vehicles. Reports on abandoned vehicles fell from 256 in 2003 to 207 in 2004. Eikenbary said he is getting a lot of assistance from people on dealing with abandoned vehicles, but the communication could still improve, he said.

In 2004, Eikenbary dealt with 27 violations regarding mobile vendors, down from 50 in 2003. He also dealt with five violations involving day cares and nine irregularities involving fencing. Eikenbary also addressed nine dangerous dog complaints.

Eikenbary, who is now a commissioned officer, issued seven criminal citations in 2004, four of which were for overweight vehicles. His department also dealt with 12 building abatements and five building demolitions in 2004.

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