Cascade to refine nuisance ordinance

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

CASCADE — At its monthly meeting Tuesday night, the village board heard that the village might need to fine-tune its nuisance ordinance.

Trustees Jason Harrison, Jim Larson and Carrie Krahn reported that they’d met as the Relief & Health Committee (RHC) with Capt. Corey Roessler to discuss how the village could better enforce its current code.

Roessler told the RHC that, to be enforceable, the code needs to be more specific. Harrison said Roessler also suggested that, when the village receives complaints, the village take photos of the property right away, to help document the complaint. The process should then include a plan of specific steps the property owner would be asked to take, and a record of contacts the board makes with the owner to work toward a solution.

The board tasked the RHC with reviewing nuisance codes of other municipalities, continuing to work with Roessler to bear in mind what is and is not enforceable, and coming up with a more refined ordinance. This draft or outline would be reviewed by the board, then referred to the village attorney.

The village received communication from the owner of property adjoining the Cascade Memorial Park. He said that people left a marked trail in the park and ended up on his property. Trustees Harrison and Steve Green said they will contact the owner, work with him, be sure that property lines are clearly defined, and notify park hikers they should stay within the park property.

Residents are reminded of the new garbage collection schedule. As of Jan. 1, pickup day will change from Monday to Thursday. Recyclables will be picked up every week (currently, it is every other week). Pickup time will be approximately 7 a.m. Residents can put their garbage containers out up to 12 hours before that (7 p.m. the previous evening or later).

As authorized by the board at its November meeting, Village President David Jaeckels contracted with a company to maintain the concrete slabs at the park.

Larson reported that three building permits were issued in the past month.

Police report for November: Three warnings; two complaints investigated (assist SSD with welfare check, accident); one traffic accident investigated; eight property checks; no citations, arrests made, court appearances, or warrants.

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