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October 2016 Update
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Tucson Residents for Responsive Government

Progress on Code Enforcement

An Update from Ruth Beeker, Chair of the TRRG Board of Directors

Improved Code Enforcement has been of major concern since the inception of TRRG.  Thanks to Chairs Don Ijams and Kris Yarter, TRRG’s Code Enforcement Committee has worked tenaciously for the past two years advocating for better processes.   TRRG’s work is beginning to pay off.

Last month, I invited you to attend a Ward 6-TRRG Co-sponsored Special Event: Code Enforcement-- How City of Mesa Does It.  We had a good turn-out of residents and City staff on September 22, 2016 to hear Mesa’s Eloy Garza and two code compliance officers share with us Mesa’s recent innovations in its Code Compliance program. We have posted on the TRRG web-site Bonnie Poulos’s summary of the meeting, Director Garza’s powerpoint presentation and doorhanger, and a link to the Mesa website where the Code Compliance Program is described.  

Now a second invitation:
 
Ward 6-TRRG Co-sponsored Special Event II:  
Code Enforcement—Follow-up to Mesa Presentation

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016
6:00-7:00 P.M.
Ward 6 Community Room
3202 E. First Street

Michael Ortega, Tucson City Manager, and Michael Rankin, Tucson City Attorney, have accepted Council Member Kozachik’s invitation to join us as we share ideas we took away from the Mesa presentation and make specific proposals for Tucson Code Enforcement improvements.  Please join us for this important opportunity to be heard.

Another important sign of progress:  At the Study Session on September 20, 2016, Mayor and Council directed City Manager Ortega to begin a new three-part Environmental Service program: pick-up orphan waste and illegal dumping using inmate labor; enhanced community education; and enforcement and strengthening of the existing ordinance.  M. Ortega said the first 2 parts would be working before 120 days and he would return with a status report and proposed ordinance in 120 days. 

Thanks to all of you who participate in and support TRRG’s efforts to improve our Code Enforcement processes. The Mesa Inspection Notice, Code Compliance concludes with this statement: “These ordinances are in place to preserve property values as well as providing for safe, attractive communities.” TRRG cannot state our goal any better than that!

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