City must end the cycle

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By The Staff

I attended the last two meetings of the Pleasureville City Council where the issue of property maintenance and police protection was discussed in length by both the citizens in attendance and the members of the city council.  This has been a hot topic in the city for several years.

On one hand the citizens of the community have the right to police protection, on the other, the community cannot support the cost of having a full time police officer on the payroll.   When the cost of a vehicle, insurance, benefits, training and possible overtime are factored in, the cost is prohibitive for a community this size.

The only answer to affordability, would be to raise taxes, or as suggested, contracting with other police agencies to patrol the community on a regular basis.  This is an issue that needs serious consideration by the council and swift  action needs to be taken.  As it is, in an emergency, response time is lengthy.  Many citizens have valid issues with noise, speeders, vandalism and theft, and frustration runs high due to lack of police presence.

 Local businesses are entitled to swift responses if the need arises. Large groups of young people congregate in parking lots, and on sidewalks, ignoring the curfew, vehicles speed through the community with total disregard to the speed signs posted, squealing tires and loud mufflers can be heard at all hours of the day and night, on Main as well as our  side streets. There is no incentive to obey any laws or ordinances if there is no repercussion for the behavior.

Sandra Woods indicated she did not feel it was fair to citizens to be forced to repair or complete repairs to properties with siding, because of the economy. She said these people could not afford to repair their  homes, and it was not fair to make them pay for “things” they may not be able to afford. It costs little or nothing to grab a rake, trash bins, hammer or nails, or push a lawnmmower over the yard, although it would require some manual labor. It was indicated a lot of these unfinished, dilapidated properties are rental properties.  While this may appear to be unfair to Ms. Woods, it is equally unfair to those property owners who take pride in the appearance of their homes.   It is very easy to ignore run down property if you don’t have to live next door to it.  If decline in repair and maintentance on homes in the area continues it will have a trickle down effect on the community as a whole.  Sale prices of these homes will drop, tax revenues will then be lower which will result in less money to local government.  The lower the prices go, the more likely these properties will become rental properties.  It is a vicious cycle that will not end if property owners are not made accountable.  I commend the board on moving forward with consideration of an ordinance to require properties to be maintained in an acceptable manner.

Diane Perry

Pleasureville, Kentucky