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No need for litigation?


As the city of Grand Coulee gets pressured to enforce its cleanup laws, it might consider changing them, if necessary.

If city officials are worried about the cost of litigation in forcing residents to clean up their own property, they should at least consider a legal route other towns have taken: put the ordinance in the criminal, rather than civil, code.

Doing so no doubt comes with pros and cons on which the city’s attorney can offer advice, but the general thrust of the reasoning for it is that infractions are dealt with in a simpler manner, just like your last traffic ticket. If you have a reason for violating the law, you can tell it to the judge, then pay up or clean up.

Other cities have made it work. Grand Coulee can, too.

— Scott Hunter

editor and publisher

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Reader Comments

bassguy1 writes:

Well said, I agree 100%. This is an issue that needs to be dealt with. I keep my yard and visible areas kept up and as nice as possible. But when people come and visit all they can see is my neighbors trash. CLEAN IT UP PEOPLE