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- September 5, 2012 MouR C~O~IMUNITV Page 11 From page 1 Community Development Direc- tor Carol Lewis. Most of them were in Virginia and California, and the staff also looked at Ore- gon cities. Lincoln City has some of the most stringent requirements on second homes. Some cities are "very strict," she said. S aff members completed a draft of rules that would fall un- der the nuisance ordinance for the council's consideration, she said. The draft ordinance requires a level of maintenance that protects livability and appearance. The rules refer to state law and urban renewal programs to define blighted property, Lewis said. Before the city may take ac- tion under the proposed ordinance, a structure must be both vacant and blighted, as defined in the or- dinance. Blighted properties contain striactures that are not secured, into which the public can gain entry without the consent of the owner. They also may include par- tially constructed, reconstructed or demolished buildings where work has been abandoned and has no current building or demolition permit. The building also may be in a state of disrepair, with exterior walls or roof coverings that do not provide adequate weather protec- tion, which may result in infesta- tions or dry rot. The structure may have broken or missing windows, and the exteriors may be visibly broken, deteriorated or substan- tially defaced. Blighted properties also in- clude buildings and structures that are intended for living, commer- cial, industrial or other purposes but are unfit or unsafe to occupy because of a defective design or poor quality of construction, ob- solesence, deterioration or dilapi- dation. Temporary protection, such as tarps, black plastic or similar materials, may be used on such structures for a maximum of 90 days except when a longer period is needed to process an insurance claim or the code enforcement of- ricer grants a one-time extension of 30 days. All boards used to secure windows, doors or other parts of a building must be painted the same primary color as the structure. "There are some that people live in that is very similar to this situation," said Councilor Scott McKee Jr. As the ordinance was present- ed, it may have allowed the city to respond to occupied residences. Staff and councilors say there could be around 100 homes that have blue tarps over their roofs. Lewis estimated there are 30 to 50 vacant and blighted buildings in the city. to repair, he said. Property owners and Greg Mahler agreed, but the "If we have the code, we'llmay not be able to afford that, so committee agreed that any boards" have to start looking," Lewis said. they cover as best they can with on occupied homes should be "When we see one, we have a re- tarps, painted to match the structure. sponsibility to process that like "Are we creating a hardshipWith the adjusted require- anything else." for people?" he asked. "Especially ments for city involvement, requir- It cannot be complaint-driven retirees." ing structures to be both vacant either, Martin said. When the code The retiree on a limited in- and blighted, the Public Safety enforcement officer responds to come might be able to pay the tax- Committee approved the proposed one, he cannot drive by and ignore eson the home but have difficulty ordinance, which will be revised the other three he passes while paying for repairs, Rodgers said. and then submitted to the full City traveling there. When those prop- There is a housing rehab pro- Council for public hearings and a erty owners call, that can generate gram, with no-interest loans, that decision. a couple of more complaints, can help low-income homeown- Present at the Public Safety Staff provided photos of ers, Martin said. The loan doesn't Committee meeting wrre its three some 28 properties that could be need to be repaid until the prop- members, councilors McKee, affected by the staff's proposed erty is sold. "There are some tools Mahler and Rodgers. ordinance, all of them vacant but out there to address CouncilorThe regular City Council not necessarily blighted by defini- Rodgers' concerns about folks in meeting preceded the Public Safe- tion. Among them is 2210 Tama- that situation." ty Committee. The council voted rack St., the partially demolished "I do hear people complaining 7-0 to consider a request to va- mill buildings now owned byabout occupied premises and why cate a portion of Dogwood Street Linn County, which foreclosed does the city allow them to have in the 1600 block. It would affect the property for nonpayment of a blue taw," Lewis said. Those two properties on 16th and 17th property taxes; the railroad depot people are probably making an avenues. behind McDonald's; and the old economic choice where replacing The request followed a prop- Chevron fuel station at the corner the blue tarp once a year costs $20 erty owner's request for a fence of 18th and Main. instead of $5,000 for a new roof, permit that would have intruded They are structures that fall she said. into the city's right-of-way on short of the dangerous buildings Rodgers said the city should the south side of the street. Other code, Martin said. ignore the blue tarps for now and properties have fences and yards "I don't think the intent is see what it can get done going af- in the right-of-way, with an aver- to clean up the whole city and ter structures that are both vacant age intrusion of 10 feet. have Beverly Hills," said Coun- and blighted. The request will return to the cilor Ron Rodgers, adding that"There was no intention to council later for a public hearing. the process started due to council force people from their homes,Present at the meeting were concerns about buildings that had and that's what we're going to councilors Marybeth Angulo, been abandoned for years, start doing with what's in here," Mahler, Jim Gourley, Mayor Craig Sweet Home is a poorer com-Rodgers saM. Fentiman, McKee, Rodgers and munity, and it has a lot of roofs Committee members McKee Mike Hall. that might cost upvard of $6,000 From page 1 The School District offered to make the information network available through its website, Martin said. The Boys and Girls Club and Little Promises are the furthest along, with activities ready to go, Martin said. Most other groups are still in the planning stages. Some were waiting to find out more about what others are doing to avoid duplicating efforts and to find opportunities to partner with other organizations. The Boys and Girls Club and Little Promises .are focused on theme-based educational and tu- toring programs, $5 per day at the club and $10 at Little Promises, Allen said. The Boys and Girls Club has more tutoring programs, while Little Promises will focus on topics such as the Oregon Trail, outdoor survival and archery. Allen is planning morning doughnut-bagel meetings with some of his athletes to look at what youths want to do with their free time, including creating events like art and music shows, compe- titions and tournaments, and be- ing a part of community eventsi like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. His goal is to give the more proactive youths a base to expand on their abilities and interest their friends to Create things to do, Al- len said. The swimming pool has increased recreational and lap swims, while the library will host a movie night on Thursdays, free with popcorn. The Forest Service is look- ing into mentoring and internship programs to get children involved with the outdoors. It would include lessons and work. The Forest Ser- len said. "Students :an receive an vice has an existing model in the education beyond ne classroom, North Santiam Canyon. get involved in the nolding of our The Sweet Home Police De-community's futur( and possible partment is hoping to expand its career opportunitie., through their Citizen's Academy program and creativity and ingemity. open it up to junior high and high "We do both aurselves and school students, with the first our kids a great deal of benefit by group enrolling this fall. looking at how we can take advan- The Chamber of Commerce, tage of this moment rather than SHEDG and SHARE are interest- dwell on the negal/ve. The only bd in introducing micro-enterprise ones that will miss out are those elements to junior and high school who don't become mgaged them- students and developing programs selves. From wha was shown involving them with businesses, at this meeting, there will be no which will help them meet volun- shortage of possibb ways to be teer and work experience require- active and involved" ments. Another meetilg will be set "As bad as the four-day for October or No,ember to up- school week initially sounded, date everyone on progress and we as a community need to look suggestions and to develop more at this as ahuge opportunity," At- forward momentum 07 CHEVY UPLANDER Stock #M017A S6,795 From page 10 a driver. It was clear this was most likely not intentional, and the driver may have been unaware of hitting the fence. The lane is narrow, and it appeared a vehicle pulled off the lane to let others pass and disturbed the earth beside the fence enough to cause it to fall over, 1000 block of Pleasant Valley. Aug. 22 10:04 a.m. - Caller reported the fraudulent use of an account, 43000 block of North River. Some $769 w had been charged for merchandise. Report taken. 10:17 a.m. - Caller reported a neighbor had pointed a gun at him after taking wood-from his woodpiiel 36900 block of Highway 228. The neighbor admitted to pointing a gun at the caller when the caller threatened him, the neighbor said. The neighbor discharged the firearm three times into the air and then a fourth time, he said, after the caller grabbed him and the gun. e Neither wanted to press charges. Both were warned for various crimes by deputies and told'to stay off of each other's property. "The Real Deal" PR.I MOTORS (541) 258-8191" . 1-800-225-4670 1211 SOUTH MAIN ST., AT THE "Y" IN LEBANON 4 WWW.PRIMASINGMOTORS.COM