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Code enforcement suspensions will allow RV use for quarantine

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The city of Roswell will suspend enforcement of certain city codes until the end of April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Codes will continue to be enforced to preserve the safety and aesthetics of the community but the Code Enforcement Department will be flexible on certain issues, according to an email update Monday from Todd Wildermuth, city of Roswell public information officer.

One of those flexible areas is the use of recreational vehicles on private property. According to city ordinance, an RV or travel trailer can be occupied on a residential lot for up to seven days no more than three times per year. A permit is required from the Planning and Zoning Division for each stay.

Bill Bartlett, supervisor of Code Enforcement, said the city will suspend those requirements to assist family members who might need to quarantine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone who has had close contact with a COVID-19 case should isolate themselves for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms of the disease.

“You might have a dad who’s kind of getting the sniffles or something like that, and he may want to get away from the kids and mom and grandma and that kind of deal. We’re going to allow that for the time being. We just want to help them do that if they feel like that’s necessary,” Bartlett said.

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That does not mean people can live in the recreational vehicle indefinitely, however, he said.

“We’re not going to allow that, but depending on the circumstances, we’re going to be very lenient as far as those kinds of things go,” he said.

The city will also suspend the requirement of casual motor vehicle sales permits. The city requires a permit for vehicle sales, including private sales. The permit costs nothing but helps the city keep track of sales, as the state allows an individual to sell only four vehicles per year.

“We’ve got car dealers here in town, they’re paying their gross receipts tax, they’ve got all the licensing, they’re doing what they’re supposed to do. We want to make sure we don’t have someone taking advantage of the system,” Bartlett said of the reason for the permits.

The city will forego that requirement through April 30 so people do not have to make an unnecessary trip to a city office.

“Also if we’ve got somebody, they may need to sell a vehicle now that times are kind of hard. We don’t want to hurt them financially if that will help them through,” Bartlett said.

Complaints about makeshift homeless camps or tents will still be investigated, but interactions with homeless will be reduced so long as there is not an issue with trash or the camps are not in heavily populated areas, according to the city email update.

Condemnations and occupant removal will also be suspended unless determined to be absolutely necessary.

“We will respond to any complaint. We’re just going to try not to move folks around any more than is necessary,” Bartlett said.

Late fees for business license renewals will also be suspended through April 30 due to many businesses being temporarily halted, according to the email update.

The city will also increase crews for garbage container pickup along Main Street and increase graffiti patrols.

Bartlett encouraged reports of graffiti from the public.

“That way we can get it on a list and take care of it right away. If it’s something profane, it goes automatically to the top of the list,” he said.

It’s not unusual to see an increase in graffiti complaints in summer with the warmer weather and longer daylight hours, but Bartlett said there has not been an increase in reports since stay-at-home orders were issued.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

 

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