Survey Finds Residents Unhappy with Code Enforcement

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Updated: 7/10/2013 8:10 am
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.

        
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bulldog man - 7/10/2013 12:25 AM
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I have written to the mayor many times about this problem. I am glad that other citizens finally see the problem with new comers into our city.If property owners are held accountable it cant cause the taxes to rise. Be responsible for your own property or be fined. It seems simple to me. Other areas may need assistance if the owner is living on the land and diabled, sick or unable to do it themselves. We have many churches and groups that would be glad to lend a hand in some of these places. Pocatello has to be proud of its city before we can get other people to see how great it is to stay and have a business. I am delighted that the Mayor will stay on top of this problem. I will do my part by keeping my street clean and the dumpsters full of trash people leave on the curb. Pocatello is my home town. I am proud to live here. we have great schools, good teachers and friendly people. Lets work together for a cause of being proud of our town. thanks.
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