City mulls cleanup ordinance

Rockdale City Council members met in a workshop session Tuesday afternoon to discuss the timely, and sometimes tricky, issue of crafting an ordinance to address cleaning up the city.

Council members have discussed cleanup and beautification for months and appear to be ready to move ahead with writing an ordinance.

City Manager Kelvin Knauf noted that writing such an ordinance should be concise, pointing out that “well-intentioned ordinances” can have unintended consequences.

Part of the discussion revolved around the possibility of making violations Class C misdemeanors.

City Attorney Michelle Lehmkuhl cautioned that might have the effect of clogging the city’s municipal court system.

Councilman Allan Miller, who has been vocal in calling for more code enforcement regarding beautification, said he envisioned a two-fold ordinance.

“First, to address the issue of health and safety,” he said. “Then, when there’s an obvious violation from someone who doesn’t care, allowing the city to move forward, after given them a reasonable time to fix the situation, (with the ordinance) being very clear what we can and will do.”

Action cannot be taken in workshop sessions. Any action on such an ordinance would have be in a formal council meeting,

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