A new survey reveals that the majority of Pocatello residents are not pleased with how enforcement is dealing with the look of Pocatello.
"I think it is understaffed and there is too many problems for the staff and its too easy to get away with lack of maintenance," said Mike Theiring, a Pocatello Resident.
When it comes to weeds, abandoned buildings and enforcing some of these rules, 73 percent of participants in the survey believe that it is less than good in Pocatello.
"I think the city needs to focus more on code enforcement then has been done in the past. We want our town to grow and when you make the city un-presentable for anyone who wants to come in, why would you want to be here," said Alan Tetz, a Pocatello Resident.
At this point the enforcement on code is complaint driven. Many of the speakers there tonight felt that this should change and that if possible the police force should add another officer to this division. Solutions discussed included encouraging neighborhood associations, using community outlets, and abatement.
"The look of Pocatello is concern for everyone. It effects economic development and property values and it effects many other aspects. It is a concern that we have worked hard to keep up on it, but it is just a losing battle sometimes. What I would like people to know is that we do have set a side some money for an abatement program.
Mayor Blad says that the city is trying to be more aggressive when it comes to these issues while trying not to raise any more taxes.
The survey also showed that Pocatello has more of an issue in this area than cities across the nation with similar populations. Mayor blad adds he will continue to keep the lines of communications open to the public so that Pocatello can continue to improve and grow.