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Council members will consider code enforcement waivers

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Three property owners should find out tonight whether they receive waivers of a $150 city code enforcement surcharge for trash cleanup and lawn maintenance.

Two weeks ago, City Council members informally agreed to grant the waivers recommended by City Manager Sharon A. Addison. They will discuss the issue again tonight.

The waivers were for Joseph Pelland, a deployed soldier who said he believed tenants were maintaining the house at 422 Cross St.; Nichelle Hughes, a soldier who moved away but still owns 245 Washington St.; and Reta Armstrong, a woman who owns property at 327 Coffeen St. and whose bill was sent to an incorrect address.

In all three instances, the property owners never had any previous violations.

The surcharges are for the paperwork and time spent by staff in notifying property owners about code violations for trash and lawn maintenance.

At the council’s Oct. 22 meeting, members learned that the $150 code enforcement surcharge was a fee imposed years ago. The surcharge was never put into City Code.

In other action, the council will consider applying for a $25,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation through the Urban and Community Forestry program.

The city’s Tree Advisory Committee would like to use the money for a tree inventory in the city.

Today’s meeting, in the third-floor council chambers of City Hall, starts at 7 p.m..

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