Town passes "nuisance’ ordinance |

Town passes "nuisance’ ordinance

Christine Ina Casillas

Red Cliff is starting to clean up its act now that a nuisance ordinance has been approved unanimously by the Red Cliff Town Council.

The first one to receive a violation based on the new ordinance will be the town itself, says Guy Patterson, town manager.

“This nuisance ordinance is good because it allows communication with the town and the people who have issues,” Patterson says. “All those people who are rebuilding classic cars can keep them around. It’s not one of those ordinances that will coerce people to clean-up their properties – or else – but we expect them to clean up their properties so that we won’t have to enforce this ordinance.”

Those “nuisances” include junkyards and dumping grounds for salvaging or disassembling of cars, trucks, tractors or other machinery, or the abandonment of cars, trucks, tractors, trailers, boats or house trailers themselves.

Other nuisances include: the discharge of noxious liquids, such as household chemicals or paint thinners; discharge of “stale matter,” such as stinking fat or grease, dead animals; or any handbill, flyer poster or placard.

Even vacant building can be consider nuisances.

“It is declared a nuisance of the owner of any vacant building to fail to replace any broken window, door or fail to secure by any other means of entry into such building within 72 hours after notice is given by the town,” the ordinance reads.

No owner of any dog shall allow or permit the depositing of fecal waste material by the dog on any public park or other landscaped public area within the down, it says. Loudspeakers and sound trucks are also an item on the ordinance. The playing, operation or use by anyone within the town with any loudspeaker, sound amplifier, radio or phonograph with a loudspeaker or sound amplifier which emits loud and raucous noises is deemed a public nuisance, the ordinance says.

“We’re making a list for us to clean up,” Patterson said. “While the residents are doing stuff, we’re doing stuff, too.

“It’s definitely going to benefit the town.”

The penalties for violating the ordinance will be punished by a fine of no more than $1,000 or no more than 180 days in jail.

“We’re not going to penalize people immediately,” Patterson said. “It’ll definitely be a case-by-case basis. We’re going to go around first and start looking at things around town, then approach that person about cleaning up their stuff.”

Christine Ina Casillas can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607 or at

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