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Council Gets Code Enforcement Earful

By Sondra Murphy

City staff will be better able to address code violations in the near future. The Ojai City Council received plenty of input about code enforcement during its meeting Tuesday.  Last month, council requested that city staff bring them options for improving code enforcement after a number of public speakers shared complaints about merchant violations of the sign ordinance and concerns for businesses struggling in the current economic. City manager Jere Kersnar presented the council with four options to increase enforcement of various codes with varying impact on the costs. Those options ranged from maintaining the current, complaint-based process, setting aside time blocks to concentrate on enforcement, and hiring additional part-time staff to hiring additional full-time staff. The first two options would not add additional salary expenditures, while Kersnar estimated a part-time officer would cost about $30,000 annually and a full-time officer would cost up to $100,000

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