Council waives third reading, passes Nuisance Ordinance amendment
After months of discussion, amendments to Newton’s Nuisance Code will take effect a bit sooner than originally scheduled after the Newton City Council voted to waive the customary third reading of the amendments during Monday evening’s regular meeting.
After some discussion as to the unintended consequences the amendments have brought about — namely pitting “neighbor against neighbor” on issues of yard and home upkeep, according to councilor Dennis D.J. Julius, it was proposed and passed that the third consideration of the amendments, scheduled for the June 3 regular meeting, be waived.
“I’ve had a couple of comments from the public ... about whether we’re trying to pit neighbor against neighbor and create problems for neighbors,” Julius said. “If you have neighbors who act responsibly, it allows the city to take care of the problems quicker and make the neighborhood look somewhat presentable.”
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