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Board to review nuisance code

Jennie Lay

— The Oak Creek Town Board will meet at 7 tonight in Oak Creek Town Hall for an informal workshop to review the nuisance ordinance section of the town’s municipal code.

No decisions will be made, and no final votes will be taken, Trustee Karen Halterman said. Because it is a public meeting, some public comment may be taken, but that will be limited, she said.

The Town Board will look at laws Oak Creek already has on the books to consider whether the town’s nuisance ordinances need to be revamped. The board also will review a list of suggested amendments provided by Oak Creek code enforcement officer Linda Koile.

Storage of inoperable vehicles has been an ongoing source of contention in Oak Creek.

In a memo to the board, Koile suggested loosening the town’s ordinance to allow “not more than two unlicensed vehicles … may be stored, for repair or restoration purposes only and not for sale, in a garage, or in the rear yard of the property if screened from the public view by a permanent opaque wall or fence at least six feet in height.”

The other major issue likely to be addressed is abatement of nuisances when there is a failure to comply.

Koile suggested in her memo that the official process needs to be streamlined and that the board should be particularly familiar with the process because it “will be challenged.”

The main idea behind reviewing Oak Creek’s nuisance ordinances is to make sure things are clear so people know how to follow the law, Halterman said. That means getting rid of any gray areas.

–To reach Jennie Lay call 871-4210

or e-mail jlay@steamboatpilot.com


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