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City of Williston seeks Public Involvement in Code Enforcement

 

Williston Economic Development
By Barb Peterson

The City of Williston is encouraging residents to continue to take pride in  the upkeep of their properties as it seeks to improve the quality of life in  the City.

“For those who are not playing by the rules, the City of Williston staff will  take appropriate measures to assure compliance is obtained,” said Nick  Vasuthasawat, City of Williston Code Compliance Coordinator.
Williston’s current code enforcement program utilizes a reactive approach  which is driven by complaints.

“This has been the accepted approach given the small town that Williston  used to be, but as the population grows, the City is making plans to  acquire additional code enforcement personnel to keep up with the
development,” said Vasuthasawat.

In the meantime, the City will continue to enforce its codes with existing  resources.

“The City is structured to enforce its policies and ordinances through  individual departments. Each distinct department has different  responsibilities,” said Vasuthasawat

In an effort to provide clear instruction for those who have concerns in  their neighborhoods Vasuthasawat has created a webpage on the City’s official website: www.cityofwilliston.com. Additional information on how to
file a complaint, a breakdown of complaints handled by respective personnel, and a list of frequently asked questions can be found under the  Quick Link Page called Code Compliance.

“This serves as an attempt to improve efficiency by eliminating the time  spent on screening individual phone calls and unnecessary phone  transfers,” said Vasuthasawat.

Some of the complaints handled by the Planning and Zoning Department  are overcrowding in residential dwellings, unpermitted businesses,  unpermitted signs or banners, unapproved parking hard surfaces,
landscape maintenance, and unpermitted fences, walls, hedges, etc.

“We encourage property owners to be respectful of their neighbors and  use good neighbor practices in order to prevent or escalate personal vendettas,” said Vasuthasawat. “Furthermore, the City does not get
involved with civil disputes such as damage to one’s property, trespassing, establishments of property lines, agreements between neighbors, tenant/landlord rights, etc.”

The fourth report in the series will address plans to improve its enforcement policies in the Unified Development Code.

 

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