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Flagstaff’s Proposed PMO Is About Control Not Safety

By Elisha Dorfsmith

In 2009, the Arizona Daily Sun published a piece complaining that city code enforcement could only respond to health and safety concerns and more needed to be done to address run down property.  Lax maintenance standards were keeping Flagstaff from reaching it’s full potential and eyesores had to go! The majority of the article read like an advertisement for a Property Maintenance Ordinance talking about how it would solve a multitude of problems and quoting community members who wanted to impose $150 a day fines on homeowners who did not comply.

Fast forward to 2012. Flagstaff council members including Councilwoman Coral Evans are trying to drum up support for a PMO by claiming that a PMO is needed to address major health and safety concerns like trees falling on neighbor’s roofs or frequently used outhouses that have not been cleaned in years. This is simply not true. I pointed out in another article that all of these health and safety concerns are already covered by existing law. If code enforcement is not responding to these gross violations then the City of Flagstaff is not doing their job.

What we really have here is a push by some community and council members for a city wide HOA where you can be fined $150 a day for a ripped screen on your window or chipped paint on your fence.  Unfortunately, it’s being deceitfully sold to the citizens of Flagstaff as an urgent health and safety matter. Don’t fall for the scare tactics.

UPDATE: Councilwoman Evans disputed the information in my blog on her facebook page by saying the following:

“Residents from several neighborhoods in town have been asking for a PMO for close to 20 years. I think that it might be worth your time to speak with members of A League of Neighborhoods (ALN) regarding this issue. They have created a strategic plan which includes in-depth information regarding what they envision a PMO to be. It is NOTHING like the posts that I have read regarding individuals being fined for chipped paint on fences and broken window screens.”

The only information I could find on the ALN proposal is a Flagstaff city council work session agenda from 2009 talking about what a PMO should cover. You can read it HERE. You be the judge.


  1. SlimStrontem
    February 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm
  2. cal
    March 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    it’s not illegal if you’re in the gang

  1. March 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm

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