At Monday’s Council meeting, citizens from Northside and
beyond eloquently described the problems
facing their community. I think it’s time for the Council and Town staff to
educate the public about the existing tools they have to penalize property
owners who fail to follow zoning and NCD statutes. Which staff members will be
visiting Northside to physically inspect properties? How much will owners be
fined for specific infractions? If these answers are not clear today, how long
before they are made available?
Inconveniently, many of the students are out of town on
summer break, so policing the “rooming houses” may be difficult until August.
But the week that the students move back in would be a great time for some more
proactive behavior by the Town.
I was the founder, administrator, and chief editor of OrangePolitics until I retired from Orange County life in 2014.
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