Council OKs expanded enforcement for condos

By From page A4 | February 19, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Expanded municipal enforcement powers for condominiums won approval Tuesday by the City Council after Police Chief Walt Tibbet said the measures would help Parkway Gardens and other neighborhoods throughout Fairfield.

The changes, passed as an urgency ordinance that begins immediately, allow the city to pursue civil remedies to achieve goals that include tenant screening at condos.

“Nobody who lives in their home should feel unsafe,” Councilwoman Catherine Moy said – but that’s happened at Parkway Gardens, she said.

The community safety section of the city code providing a way for a property manager to improve safety previously required the city staff to prove the same violation has happened at least twice within a year, according to a city staff report. New rules note second safety violations of any type spur the enforcement remedy, rather than repeating the same safety violation.

Types of violations listed in the former regulation were limiting, according to the staff report, which recommended adding as a violation the unlawful gathering of people with the intent to commit crimes that include battery and gambling. New rules broaden the violations to include such offenses.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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