Council working with city to implement chronic problem property ordinance

City leaders say they're confident they'll be able to implement a new chronic problem property ordinance by the October 15 target date.

The common council's health and public safety committee held a meeting Wednesday to discuss where they are in the process.

They're working with the Code Enforcement, Police and City Legal departments.

The ordinance passed last month and creates penalties if a property has too many calls for service over a short period of time.

"There's some misconceptions that if you call police to report a nuisance property, you're going to be the one that's listed and could go on the chronic nuisance list," said Councilman Tim Scott. "No, it's about the property you're calling about."

Scott says city leaders will work on educating people about the ordinance over the next few months.

Meanwhile, the code enforcement and police departments are trying to figure out how to best track violations. A police officer will oversee the program, with the help of a civilian clerk. The police department expects to post those openings in the next week.

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