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Town’s cleanup efforts underway
Idea is to work together, says commercial code compliance officer

Chino Valley officials are focusing cleanup efforts in the Highway 89 area. (Courtesy)

Chino Valley officials are focusing cleanup efforts in the Highway 89 area. (Courtesy)

Efforts to clean up the Town of Chino Valley along Highway 89 are underway, according to Code Compliance Officer Erin Deskins

Speaking at the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, Deskins said the cleanup campaign are being split into two categories: commercial properties along Highway 89 and residential properties. The cleanup for commercial properties is meant to keep Chino Valley business-friendly, she said.

“We’re going to focus on Highway 89, cleaning it up making it a little more presentable to new businesses that want to come in as well as businesses that are here,” Deskins said.

The focus for commercial properties includes weeds over a certain height and outdoor storage and screenings if it needs it so it is not viewable from the highway, she said.

Deskins said she has already started at the northern part of Highway 89. She is looking at the businesses and doing inspections before calling the business owners to let them know what she has seen and setting up a meeting to discuss getting them into compliance, she said.

“No violations, no citations, none of that right now,” Deskins said. “We just want to work together, clean it up, and I can let you know what it is I see that needs to be fixed and how we fix that.

“If it gets to that point, which we don’t want to do, we will move on through violations at that time.”

As for residential, Code Compliance Officer David Jaime is focusing on weeds, trash and debris around residences, inoperable or abandoned vehicles, fencing and exterior maintenance, Deskins said. He will send out letters for the areas he is going to be inspecting 30 days in advance, letting residents know and giving them an opportunity to get everything cleaned up, she said. He will document the violations and leave a door hanger so the resident can contact him and if required, he will begin the compliance process at that point, Deskins said.

Prior to Deskins and Jaime introducing the cleanup efforts, Chino Valley Finance Director Joe Duffy, Chino Valley Public Works Director Frank Marbury and Town Manager Cecilia Grittman spoke about the special election to be held Tuesday, May 21.

The election will focus on two questions. The first will ask voters whether or not to approve a $1.5 million primary property tax levy for a 20-year program dedicated to road maintenance and construction. The second will ask whether or not to allow the town to purchase another water system if one comes available.

When asked why the property tax levy is so expensive, Marbury said between the cost of doing business, materials, oil, labor and fuel, roads are an expensive business. For pavement alone, he uses the rule of thumb that the cost of 1 foot of pavement on a two-lane road is about $50 not including curb, gutter and sidewalk, Marbury said.

“We worked up the estimate to widen out (Road) 2 North to get a center turn lane from the highway just to (Road) 1 East … million and a half dollars when you include all the drainage,” he said. “It’s just not cheap.”

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