PMO Review Group Meeting Packed With Concerned Flag Residents
By Elisha Dorfsmith
Over forty concerned members of the public attended an unadvertised Property Maintenance Review Group meeting last night to learn more about how it would affect them. Zoning Code Administrator Roger Eastman said that no open meeting law applies to a group like the PMO Review Group and there was no need for them to announce it publicly.
The Review Group went over the proposed PMO section by section and some of the members said they had major concerns that the PMO was going beyond health and safety. One member asked if pine needles in gutters would be a problem. Another was concerned that the term “untended growth and vegetation” would impact their wildflower garden. Several members agreed that the ordinance needs checks and balances to make sure the PMO does not go too far.
Eastman reiterated his confidence that the proposed document reflects the Council’s wishes. He said that the PMO is vague for a reason and was never meant to be a black and white code. He is convinced that City staff will always use their best judgement when enforcing the law.
“It comes down to reasonableness.” He said.
The meeting ended before the group got to the Administration and Enforcement aspect of the PMO. They will be scheduling another “private” meeting for next week.
A public meeting on the PMO is scheduled for Thursday April 5 at 5:00 pm in the Council Chambers. Please attend this meeting and voice your opinion, either verbally or on a comment card. The City needs to hear from as many concerned residents as possible.
You can read the current version of the proposed PMO HERE.
Concerned residents pack the Staff Conference Room at City Hall.
Zoning Code Administrator Roger Eastman openly admitted that the small staff conference room was filled beyond capacity and was breaking fire codes.