August 21, 2013 - 2:25 PM
PENTICTON - Council has had enough with the trash and messy appearance at 363 Churchill Ave.
Photos show the front lawn creeping onto the driveway, loose boards stacked near the front window and bags of trash, a discarded vacuum cleaner and a large satellite dish in the back. The city has chased the property owner since January 2011 to get it cleaned up with no success. Five complaint files have been created, eight letters have been mailed and four bylaw offence notices have already been served, all to no avail. Bylaw staff have also been verbally abused by the current renters.
Council wants city staff to bring the site into compliance and give the owner the cleaning bill. The property owner will be notified of the city's intent and is invited to speak to council on Sept. 3.
"I think we should be much more aggressive of the time line," Coun. Judy Sentes said. She's upset over the "arrogance and indifference of the property owner" and called the site "appalling."
She said its not fair to other homeowners who take the time to improve and maintain their homes.
Staff have recommend a review of the building's interior for health or structural concerns and would like RCMP officers to be present when bylaw and other officials visit the site.
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City council wants a messy house at 363 Churchill Ave. to be cleaned up and brought into compliance. The backyard (shown here) and the front yard are in a state of disrepair.
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