Editor:

I used to have a recreational vehicle sitting in my driveway. The city of Farmington sent me a letter and told me I needed to remove it, since it was too close to the sidewalk and the street. I was not surprised by this, as I often wondered if it was in compliance. Within a few days, I complied with the request, and took it somewhere else. After this, I became more aware of several violations around town. Many RVs parked way closer to the street than mine was. Some were even parked in the street, and plugged in so they could be used. I contacted the Farmington Code Compliance Officer and was told they would check into it.

After several weeks and maybe even months, I saw no changes made. I called the Code Compliance office again to inquire about these, but they did not seem to have an answer. While I was on the phone with them, I asked if they did not see all of the blatant violations around town. The answer was, we don't go out looking for these, we respond to a phone call or written complaint. REALLY! So does this mean they just sit in the office and wait for the phone to ring, and go check the mail once a day? Why would I not be surprised? Once of the biggest offenders is on the city council, and has been for years. We are neighbors since clear back in the 70s. The rest of us neighbors have to look at the two old cars parked on the street in front of the house, with weeds and trash underneath them. I did file a complaint last year, but guess what? They are still sitting there for all of the neighbors to look at on a daily basis. I guess what I am trying to say here is this. If the city is not going to enforce the code compliance laws, then why bother to have them at all. To me it is a waste of time and resources.

Come on Farmington! Clean it up!

 

JERRY NORDSTRUM

Farmington