Sheridan eyes nuisance ordinance
The ordinance, number 2013-02, sets minimum standards for property maintenance and establishes specific enforcement procedures designed to deal with situations coming to pose a hazard or nuisance.
City Manager Frank Sheridan said the staff reviewed definitions, standards and remedies adopted by other cities in developing the local ordinance. He said the effort grew out of concerns about visual blight that could result in conditions harmful to the public health, safety and welfare of the community.
The council received input from citizens and businesses over an extended period of time. He said the aim was to develop regulations upholding the sound maintenance of property, enhancing community livability and promoting social, economic and environmental values.
"We have support for this, but the codes are not going to be enforced in a draconian manner," Sheridan said.
He indicated they were aimed to a large degree at absentee landowners with a record for poor upkeep.
Unlike neighboring Willamina, Sheridan does not currently field a code enforcement officer. The city once had a part-time position, but it fell victim to budget cuts.
The city joins Willamina in relying on the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office for contracted law enforcement services.
The council will next meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4, for a work session.