The single most frequent complaints we, as City Officials, receive are unkempt properties, high grass, weeds, junk littering yards and porches and junk cars littering yards and alleys. Until now, despite efforts to deal with these issues, long term results and resolutions have been less than satisfactory.
So, we have decided to go in a different direction when it comes to dealing with ordinance infractions. Starting tomorrow, a 30-day amnesty period will be in effect and beginning on October 17th, our Ordinance Enforcer and/or our local police officers will issue citations on-the-spot for ordinance violations. While not being the only ordinances cited, emphasis will be placed on the following offenses:
Junk on porches and in yards
Unlicensed junk vehicles
First offense citations will come with a $50 fine. The offender will be given five (5) business days to abate the offense unless other arrangements have been approved by Dennis Myers, Ordinance Enforcer. If at the end of the five (5) business day period, the situation has not been rectified, the matter will then be cited in court with the disposition to be decided by the judge.
If you currently have mattresses, refrigerators, stoves, bags of trash, old tires and just junk in general, littering your yard or porch, including back yards, porches and alleys, we encourage you to dispose of them prior to October 17th to avoid a citation. Items may be taken to the Connersville Transfer Station, 1020 South SR 121, for disposal. Their rates are very reasonable. For example, mattresses are $7 each, box springs are $7 each, a couch is $9 and a chair is $5. Pickup load varies according to size. Tires are $2 off the rim and $5 on the rim. These charges are far less than a $50 fine plus the possibility of additional court costs and fines.
We want to be clear that our city ordinances apply to business properties as well as residential and rental properties. We will no longer wait for complaints from citizens, although they will still be welcomed and investigated. Our law enforcement officers as well as our Ordinance Enforcer, have the authority to issue on-the-spot citations and will do so at their discretion, when they observe them.
First impressions are lasting. Visitors to our city should not be subjected to high grass and weeds including areas between sidewalks and streets. They should no longer see porches and lawns piled with appliances, junk and trash or yards littered with unlicensed and junk vehicles. Instead of posting on social media, please call Dennis Myers, Ordinance Enforcer, at 825-2111 or 765-541-9852. If you would like to speak to someone at the Transfer Station, you can reach them at 825-9881 or the Mayor's Office at 825-4211.