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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 14



Meeting Date: July 9, 2002

Subject/Title: Public Hearing for consideration of a Resolution Confirming the existence of a 
Public nuisance by reason of keeping noxious weeds, creating a potential fire 
hazard, and authorizing staff to contract for abatement of parcels in 
noncompliance, 14 days from the date of this hearing.

Submitted by: Community Development Department, M. Oshinsky/B. Arteaga

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION: 
Adoption of a resolution confirming the existence of a public nuisance on various properties throughout the City and authorizing staff to contract for the abatement of weeds on those parcels.

PREVIOUS ACTION:
Ordinance #253 was adopted in 1974 

BACKGROUND:
In 1974 Ordinance 253 was adopted authorizing city staff to conduct routine annual inspections to identify potential fire hazards caused by the accumulation of dry weeds and/or combustible debris. 

DISCUSSION:
This year Staff identified 56 parcels where weeds and/or combustible debris were present. The owners of the parcels, which were found to be in noncompliance with the City’s Weed Abatement Standards, were notified and a request was made for the removal of weeds and/or combustible materials from their properties within 14 days. After the expiration of the 14-day grace period the parcels which did not comply with the original request to remove noxious weeds or combustible materials were requested to appear before City Council at a public hearing. The purpose of the public hearing is to hear testimony from any party concerning the abatement of weeds from the affected parcels. 

Should Council approve the Resolution as presented, staff will notify the affected property owners of Councils decision. Owners will then be given an additional 14 days in which to abate the nuisance. If the nuisance is not abated staff will review bids, contract for the abatement of the nuisance and upon completion of the abatement work, staff will return to Council to present the costs associated with the weed abatement, and request that said costs be levied against the properties as a special assessment.

 
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