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City Of Le Mars Proposes Code Changes

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council is considering a number of new city ordinances to be included as part of the city code.  Jason Vacera, the city's code enforcement officer says the new proposed ordinances pertain to parking, irrigation systems, tree maintenance, and garbage/recycling.  Vacera says the city is looking at a proposal that would eliminate all overnight parking by any vehicle, trailer, or other apparatus  on the streets, avenues, and alley right of ways between December 1st and April 1st.

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Vacera says many people are either confused by the odd/even rule for winter parking and snow emergencies, or they choose to ignore the city ordinance.

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The city code enforcement officer explains why the new language is being suggested.

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Vacera says under the current code language, people didn't fully understand when they needed to move their vehicles.

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Another city code ordinance under review by the city council members involves irrigation sprinklers.  Le Mars City Enforcement Code officer, Jason Vacera, says the liability for the irrigation units located between the sidewalk and the street on the right-of-way will solely rest upon the homeowner.  Vacera says in the past, the city was inconsistent with its policy.

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The code enforcement officer says if work needs to be done along the right-of-way, every effort possible will be made to notify the homeowner prior to the work, but the responsibility rests with the homeowner.

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This past autumn several Le Mars residents were notified by the city that they needed to prune their trees due to limbs that were either hanging too low above sidewalks, or were interfering with utility power lines, or were creating a nuisance in the streets.  Vacera says the city is considering a new policy regarding trees.

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Vacera says the city wants to focus on those trees that are on city-owned property instead of consuming so much time with homeowner trees.

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The mixing of household garbage refuge and recyclables is a concern to Le Mars city officials.  Le Mars city code enforcement officer Jason Vacera says it doesn't happen often, but when residents do dispose their garbage into the the recyclable bin, it creates some problems.  Vacera says the city is considering imposing some stiff fines and considering other measures to prevent the practice from happening.  Vacera says the city wants to remove the burden of enforcement from Van's sanitation, and instead place it with the city.

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Vacera says fortunately most residents do separate garbage refuge from the recyclables, but he says there are a few who don't follow the procedures.  On occassion, the city will hear of a repeat offender.  He says the code does call for some heavy fines for violators.

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Vacera says the city will work with people to make certain they understand which bin is designated for which purpose.  He says overall, the city has done an excellent job of saparating the garbage from the recyclables.

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The Le Mars City Council has scheduled a public hearing for March 18th for residents of Le Mars to comment on the proposed city code ordinances changes.  City code enforcement officer Jason Vacera says the city wants the citizens' input before deciding upon the proposed code changes.

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Vacera says the city is making the proposed code ordinances available to the public's viewing at several locations, prior to the public hearing date.

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That public hearing is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon at the Le Mars City Hall Council Chambers on  Tuesday, March 18th.

 

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