County cleanup law gets results; 40 cited for property decay, garbage

2013-06-13T01:00:00Z County cleanup law gets results; 40 cited for property decay, garbageBy Piper Haugan of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

Using the county’s new community enrichment ordinance, 40 citations have been sent to private property owners so far this year for complaints regarding garbage, clutter or urban decay problems.

Thirty-three of those people cited have addressed those complaints, Ed Randall told the council of commissioners Wednesday night.

Randall, head of the Community Enrichment Department, said the new ordinance, created earlier this year to better enforce existing codes, has helped his department do its job cleaning up Butte.

Randall told the commission to expect the remainder of those cited to come before the council soon as part of an appeals process.

But perhaps the largest accomplishment has been the work Butte-Silver Bow has done on its own properties, Randall said. He mentioned that in the past, the community enrichment department hadn’t taken care of city-county-owned properties, but he showed 10 examples of properties the department has cleaned up since Jan. 1.

“We’re taking care of our own properties,” Randall said. “That’s what we’re out there doing every day, cleaning up properties, making sure everyone’s doing it.”

Randall said the department has received 1,244 calls from the public since Jan. 1. Department staff issued 119 verbal complaints and followed up on them.

Randall said the department has inspected 371 private properties. It has also crushed 28 junk motor vehicles and sent letters to the owners of 324 junk vehicles.

Chief Executive Matt Vincent said he received an anonymous voicemail Wednesday morning from a man stating he’s never seen Butte looking so clean. Randall agreed.

Reporter Piper Haugan: 496-5572,

piper.haugan@mtstandard.com or Twitter.com/Piper_Haugan.

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