Code Enforcement In Cop's Jurisdiction

The Plattsmouth Police have “embraced” the code enforcement duties it was handed a few months ago.

That’s according to Police Chief Brian Paulsen who provided the city council with a mid-year update on the department’s handling of such issues as weeds/overgrowth, address numbers on buildings, trash, abandoned/junk vehicles, junk appliances and structures not conforming to city standards.

The Cassgram reports those were the top six violations—in order—that have received police attention in the 162 code cases documented from March 1st through June 30th. Of that total, Paulsen said only a couple dozen cases have yet to be remedied.

Generally, those who are contacted understand what is trying to be accomplished, said Paulsen. “Our number one goal is to seek voluntary compliance.”

While a notice may be written with a five day deadline for remedy, the officers will generally be a little more lenient if the owner or tenant communicates the need for more time.

In calculating the number of violations handed out so far with a large portion of the city still to be targeted, City Councilman Terry D. Tilson noted that it’s apparent that as many as one-third of the properties in the city may have or have had code violations. “This shows what a huge problem it has been,” he said.

“Citizens understand the importance of this effort,” said Mayor Paul Lambert.

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