When they met last Tuesday evening, the Cadiz City Council passed the ordinance after no discussion and only a brief description by Cadiz City Clerk Lisa Rogers. Cadiz City Council member Susan Bryant had asked Cadiz City Attorney Allen Wilson to draft the ordinance at a previous meeting. Wilson’s brother Lee Wilson was there in his stead.
Bryant specifically wanted the media to emphasize the criminal penalties. “This is a major change, in that it now imposes a criminal penalty, and that needs to be brought out as it’s reported,” she said. “That’s the important change.”
Fines of between $25 and $250 can be assessed for each violation of the ordinance. Every day the violation continues will result in an additional penalty.
The ordinance, with some exceptions, bans the “accumulation” of “rubbish,” excess growth of weeds or grass, junked or wrecked automobiles or scrap, and one or more junked mobile or manufactured homes, in order to prevent “a public nuisance, health hazard, or source of filth to develop.”
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