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Council tightens nuisance ordinance

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council Tuesday night approved changes to the city's nuisance ordinance, giving staff the ability to issue citations for non-compliance more easily.

Cory Taylor is the code enforcement officer for the city of Grandview.

Last night he told the council repeat offenders are violating the city codes regarding unsafe or unlawful property conditions such as out-of-control weeds.

Any property owner that is non-compliant with the nuisance laws can now be issued a citation more easily, according to the revised ordinance.

Before, said Taylor, staff would visit specific properties several times before action could be taken.

The revisions give him the authority to issue a citation as early as the second visit, freeing up his time and saving the city money.

City Administrator and Public Works Director Cus Arteaga said, "The process would be expedited and neighbors will be happier because action will be more effective."

Taylor said the city won't benefit financially from the citations themselves, but cutting down on the number of visits he must make to a residence before issuing an infraction will be cost-effective.

Arteaga agreed, stating, "The current system is more costly because there are more hurdles."

Councilman Jesse Palacios said he is in favor of the new ordinance because "...when Cory goes out, it should mean something."

Mayor Norm Childress also had an opinion, stating, "This will actually cut through some of the red tape...this is the kind of thing we need to do."

He said those who are impacted by the newly revised ordinance are people who have had ample notification for violating the city codes.

The Grandview City Council approved the revisions unanimously.

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