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Brownton wants more ‘teeth’ in blight ordinance

The city of Brownton will be referring its blight ordinance to its attorney for help in giving it more “teeth.”
The Brownton City Council reviewed its existing ordinance, which was adopted in 1982 and last amended in 2011, at its Tuesday, Jan. 5, meeting.
The City Council has become concerned about several blight issues in the city; in particular one on First Avenue South that recently was heard in court.
Police Chief Ken Bauer said it is difficult to create an ordinance that covers all issues. For example, what is considered a “junk” vehicle. According to the current ordinance, if a vehicle is unlicensed or undrivable, it is considered junk. However, many unsightly vehicles still have current tabs and are operable, said Bauer, even if their owners never move them.
“I’d like to be able to put more teeth into this ordinance so you have something to work with,” said Council Member Tim Olson. “But I’m not sure how to do that.”
Bauer suggested having City Attorney Jody Winters review the ordinance and make suggestions.

For more, see the Jan. 13 print edition of The Chronicle.