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July 2, 2013

City council passes stricter code rules

Parking on lawns fails to pass and abandoned vehicles proposal tabled.

Logansport City Council passed half of the proposed measures creating new rules for code enforcement Monday, putting in place more stringent regulations and consequences for weed removal and garbage while voting against prohibiting parking on green space and saving an ordinance regarding abandoned vehicles for another day.

The unanimously passed weed removal ordinance states lawns and weeds must be kept at 8 inches and that property owners have seven days to remedy a violation upon being notified. Prairie and decorative grasses common in parks and along trails throughout the city are excluded from these rules.

After discussing this ordinance in a public works and safety committee meeting last month, the council voted in favor of decreasing fines established in a previous draft from $75 to $50 for a first offense and $125 to $100 for a second.

The ordinance also authorizes the city’s code enforcement officer to pursue a search warrant to enter a property to investigate a complaint that may lead to a violation of this ordinance that can’t be seen from the street. The ordinance goes on to elaborate that this search must be “limited to the places pertinent to the complaint.”

“The code enforcement officer wouldn’t have the authority to toss your bedroom,” said Logansport city attorney Randy Head.

Also passing unanimously were amendments to the city ordinance pertaining to garbage, trash and yard waste. Those who have violated the ordinance a second time by leaving garbage, yard waste, furniture and/or other items in their lawn are now subject to one seven-day notice to remedy the situation and if it is disregarded, the city can order a cleanup on the property.

Prohibiting the discarding of hazardous material and electronics was also added to the ordinance.

In a narrow 3-4 vote, the council opted against an ordinance that would have prohibited parking on lawns and green space.

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