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Letter to the Editor: Folsom Property should be cited

By: Jeffrey Baumeister, of Folsom
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Dear Editor,

I have been in contact over the past two months with Steve Miklos, of our City Council, and Peter Piccardo, of the City of Folsom Code Enforcement Department, regarding a neighborhood property that I believe is in violation of at least six sections of the Folsom Municipal Code. I provided a number of photos of the current state of this property to the city to document the issues.

This property should be cited for easily visible violations of all of the following provisions of the Folsom Municipal Code:

"The overgrowth of vegetation in a manner that is likely to harbor rodents, vermin, insects, or other nuisances; or which obstructs the view of drivers on streets, public rights-of-way or private driveways; or which impedes, obstructs, or denies pedestrian or other lawful travel on sidewalks, walkways or other public rights-of-way" - there are four foot high weeds in both the front and back yards.

"The presence of dead, decayed or diseased trees, weeds, or other vegetation that creates an unsightly appearance, or creates a danger to the public health, safety or general welfare" - there was a dead rat on the front sidewalk.

"The accumulation of packing boxes, cardboard boxes, lumber, junk, trash, barrels, drums, salvage materials or other debris" - there are building materials, pool chlorine and other chemicals lying in the driveway.

"The presence of unpainted buildings and/or buildings having dry rot, warping, or termite infestation, which shall include, but is not limited to any building on which the condition of the paint has become so deteriorated as to permit decay, excessive checking, cracking, peeling, chalking, dry rot, warping or termite infestation so as to render the building unsafe or unsightly, or in a state of disrepair" - bare wood is showing through the house paint at numerous spots.

"The presence of building exteriors, walls, fences, driveways, sidewalks or walkways which are maintained in such a condition as to become dangerous, defective or unsightly" - a fence has collapsed to the ground.

"The existence of property which lacks landscaping, turf, ground cover, plant material, rocks or other commonly used landscaping materials and which creates a condition of excessive dust, weeds or other conditions that affect the public health, safety or general welfare;

"The existence of property which lacks landscaping, turf, ground cover, plant material, rocks or other commonly used landscaping materials and which creates a condition of excessive dust, weeds or other conditions that affect the public health, safety or general welfare."

The city maintains it has contacted the property owner twice - there has been ZERO improvement in the factors cited above. 

At what point should the city staff and our representatives on council be held accountable for allowing these unsafe and public nuisance conditions to exist?

What real action (not going through the motions) is being done to combat the presence of this and other such properties in Folsom that destroy property values and quality of life for law abiding homeowners?