Op Cleanup set to begin

    May has arrived and that means the city's Operation Cleanup soon will be under way, Bill Karbach, a member of the city's Board of Works and Safety, said at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
    Plans for the effort to bring abouut a major cleanup of the city for this year's 175th anniversary celebration had been unveiled at the previous council meeting. A committee comprised of Karbach, city Planning and Zoning Superintendent Roger Gage, and City Attorney Tim Baker put together various aspects of the program, including targeting and implementation.
    "We really don't want to issue ordinance violations; we just want to ask people for their cooperation," Karbach said. "But we will if we absolutely have to (issue ordinance violations)."
    Mayor John Schultz said he's had "a lot of positive comments" since the project was announced.
    Here are the three areas to be addressed:
    1. Old, unused vehicles; those that are not licensed and often have been sitting in the same place for months, maybe even years. Such vehicles will be identified, then the owners will be notified that they have 10 days to accomplish removal. If the vehicle is not removed, city police will "sticker" the vehicle, which allows for another 72 hours.
    If no action is taken, the ordinance violation will be issued.
    2. Rubbish in yards. The home owner will have 30 days to clean up the area if notified by the city. If nothing is done, formal notification of a 10-day period will follow, then the nuisance ordinance will be used if the rubbish remains.
    3. Dilapidated buildings. A safety factor was noted in this category, particularly with warm weather coming and children playing outside. The same procedure will be used as with rubbish in yards.
    Schultz said residential areas would be first on the agenda, then the focus would shift to business and industry. "We would like our community to be clean and safe," he added.