Equally aggressive action against property owners who ignores snow removal and…

first_imgDear Editor:Kudos to Mayor Zimmer for advocating an increase in fines for property owners who ignore sidewalk snow removal ordinances, and for the practice of issuing summons every 24 hours when sidewalks remain uncleared (“Does the City need Legislation to Deal with Unshoveled Properties?”). Let’s urge the Mayor and Council to require equally aggressive action against property owners who allow dog droppings to accumulate in their yards – a clear violation of the health code. Currently, property owners can allow dog droppings to accumulate while a summons for a single violation moves through the municipal court system at a glacial pace.Increasing fines and standardizing practices so that the Health Dept., too, issues a summons every 24 hours for dog droppings would ensure equitable law enforcement.Revising Health Dept. practices would signal that City officials are just as concerned about the well-being and rights of those forced to tolerate conditions like icy sidewalks and unhealthy dog droppings as they are about the rights of negligent property owners.Barbara Gombach Weinsteinlast_img