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Grandview Council evaluates enforcement of city codes

GRANDVIEW - Significant study session discussion revolved around nuisance codes and enforcement at the Grandview City Council meeting held Monday night.

The discussion related to a target council members identified during a retreat last summer.

City Administrator Scott Staples said that, after talking to all staff members involved in code enforcement, the group identified weaknesses, threats and proposed solutions.

Among the weaknesses was the need to evaluate current codes to achieve maximum clarity, input from staff in development of ordinances, staffing level and a cumbersome legal process.

Strengths include increased attention to fire code enforcement, spring clean-up, faster attention to graffiti and improved communication among departments.

Among the proposed solutions was to get code enforcement officer Corey Taylor a laptop computer so that he's not dashing back to the office to make reports. Also discussed was enacting a hearing examiner system, which would in theory streamline the current approach.

"We need to establish a code enforcement revolving fund. The goal is to abate nuisances, not spend seven months in court," said Mayor Norm Childress, adding he had between $5,000 and $10,000 in mind. "If you don't have money to abate your nuisances, you're just spinning your wheels," he said.

Council agreed to eye a budget amendment for technology as early as April.

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