The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


August 7, 2013

Operation Clean Sweep under way

CLINTON — Teams of city staff are patrolling the streets in search of nuisance violations as part of “Operating Clean Sweep,” an effort to beautify the city of Clinton.

Staff members with the Building and Neighborhood Services Department, the Clinton Police Department and the Clinton Fire Department started the city-wide sweep Tuesday and will continue searching through Wednesday.

“We all want the same thing,” Clinton Police Capt. Bill Greentwalt said. “To improve the quality of life in the city.”

The teams are looking for violations of Chapter 90, the city’s nuisance ordinance, such as garbage accumulation, unsightly weed or brush growth or storing junk vehicles, among others.

The three-department partnership allows the city to address the concerns that each department would have within the two-day operation. The idea to combine the efforts of the departments for the beautification effort came out of bi-monthly staff meetings.

“This is something BNS has done dating back to as early as the early 2000s, but it would be just BNS,” Harmon said. “We had the idea for everyone to get involved and make this a collaborative effort. We are hoping to do this more often.”

After identifying nuisances, staff could leave door knockers or talk to property owners about the violation. There also is the potential the city will address the violation with a compliance letter right away depending on the severity.

When the sweep is complete, city staff will review all the violations identified to follow up, which could include sending compliance letters.

“Right now we’re looking for compliance. All we’re looking to do is to improve the quality of life for this community,” Greenwalt said. “We’re trying to gain compliance through awareness.”

Residents and property owners won’t be the only ones subject to “Operation Clean Sweep.” City staff members also are looking for violations by the city, such as faded stop signs and overgrown lots.

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