Ask Joe: Is Sparks clean-up plan constitutional?

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Updated: 8/20 6:32 pm
Question:

From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about a new policy we have reported on to help clean up Sparks neighborhoods.

Donna Becker lives on F Street. She called and asked if the city's new code enforcement policy is constitutional? She wonders if they can really force residents to plant trees and clean up their yards. She said it is a financial hardship for her.

Answer:

Joe checked with City Spokesman Adam Mayberry. He said the City Attorney has reviewed the ordinance proposal and feels it is enforceable. Just as an HOA can enforce neighborhood standards, the city feels it can, as well.

However, if you do have a hardship situation, that will be reviewed and taken into account on a case-by-case basis. You would have to contact the city about it.

They are doing their best to clean things up, which is what most people seem to want. Of course, there could be a financial impact for some residents and those situations will be considered.

The city will try to make accommodations for anyone who falls into that category.
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Trzo9veuha - 8/21/2014 4:04 PM
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As soon as the lawsuits start coming in that the new code is "racist" (puts an undue burden on unlawful migrants) it will be dropped like a hot potato.

Kramer - 8/21/2014 2:48 PM
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While U pig out on ribs, Code just fibs

Breckenridge - 8/20/2014 10:19 PM
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And the answer is...?

LesterB - 8/20/2014 9:08 PM
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Some homwownders.... (and landlords), have no pride of ownership. Prater Way is one of the ugliest streets in the area. And E. 4th St.? Ugh. They just want people to wake up.

fastd - 8/20/2014 8:35 PM
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Until people wake up to the truth and accept that neither party represents anything but their, not our interests,just shut up and do what your told.

Kramer - 8/20/2014 6:36 PM
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Better U should ask "enforceable", "necessary", or "well thought-out", because it Ain't. The 'scoping" meeting for this Ordnance was so jammed, there was no Room at all!; What matters 2 them is Spanish Dings; meanwhile in the city core disgusting blight is "OK". U are talking 'bout a city that paves over a park for a mall, renames and reconfigures its namesake Blvd., etc.

Kramer - 8/20/2014 6:31 PM
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Is this the same city attorney who worked for the nugget (sold) and said "OK" to a casino where people didn't want any? Seems 2 me that asking 'in-house' (a local TV talking head/a "spokesguy") is a lot like a lead balloon (Zeppelin). really a silly "ask the Toe" segment, Nv3
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