City takes first step toward amending municipal code

Would redefine code enforcement division of WPD.

The City Council took its first steps to amending the municipal code last week when they approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 990.

The ordinance will transfer property maintenance/code enforcement from the city inspector's office to the code enforcement division of the Winslow Police Department.

It will define the role and responsibility of the recently created code enforcement and address in a fair and unbiased manner prohibited public nuisances as defined in the city municipal code.

One change to the code would be that a hearing board or officer would hear appeals instead of the city council.

The section would read "The owner, tenant, lessee, occupant or other person whom a notice has been served pursuant to this chapter, or upon whom an assessment has been levied, shall have the right to appeal the same to the hearing board/officer within 20 calendar days of the receipt of the notice or assessment.

In Chapter 8, section 050, changes would be made so that it would read :An owner, tenant, lessee, occupant or other person who fails, neglects or refuses to abate such nuisance shall be notified in writing by certified mail by the code enforcement officer or his representative to abate such nuisance within 20 calendar days from the date appearing on such written notice."

Section 060 will be changed to read "When any such owner, tenant, lessee, occupant or other person to whom notice as aforesaid has been mailed fails, neglects or refuses for more than 20 calendar days from the date appearing on the notice to abate such nuisance, the code enforcement officer and police officer is authorized to remove such nuisance from such premises and dispose of same according to Arizona Revised Statutes relating to abandoned vehicles.

Other changes include replacing city inspectors with code enforcement officers and the city administrator to code enforcement supervisor.

The final change would change the violations-penalties section to read "In addition to any cost incurred, any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter, shall be prosecuted within the limits provided by state and federal laws. Each day any such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder."

If the second reading is approved, what was the Animal Control Division will become the Code Enforcement Division.

A copy of the municipal code is available to the public at the City Clerk's office at the Winslow City Building on Williamson Ave.

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