Fairfield seeks expanded powers at Parkway Gardens

By From page A3 | February 14, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Expanded enforcement powers for condominiums are proposed in an ordinance the City Council will take up Tuesday as an urgency measure and applying to high-crime areas such as Parkway Gardens, where a city staff report says the crime reduction Fairfield hoped for has not been achieved.

Fairfield worked with the Solano County Superior Court in June 2013 to have a receiver appointed to operate the Parkway Gardens Homeowners Association in place of its board of directors, which was not functioning, states the staff report by City Manager Sean Quinn and Police Chief Walt Tibbet.

Some conditions have improved but not the hoped-for crime reduction, according to the report.

Proposed changes would allow the city to pursue civil remedies to achieve goals that include tenant screening, the report adds.

The community safety section of the city code providing a way for a property manager to improve safety now requires the city staff to prove the same violation has happened at least twice within a year, according to the report.

Types of violations are limiting and it’s been difficult to prove multiple violations, according to the report, which recommends adding as a violation the unlawful gathering of people with the intent to commit crimes that include battery and gambling.

The proposed ordinance also clarifies that homeowner associations and their members are owners who may be held accountable under Community Safety provisions, the report notes. This would allow the city to require the homeowners association to put in place safety measures such as hiring experienced security and a competent property management firm.

If approved, the urgency measure would take effect immediately.

The Fairfield City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at 1000 Webster St.

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

Ryan McCarthy


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