VoV LRR Letter to the Editor – November 2012

To All, hospital
We are coming into the home stretch with the presentation to the Town Council on December 6 on the various ordinance proposals we’ve been working on the past 18 months.

We have come a long way, and while we have received positive feedback and great support from all of the villages, we still need everyone’s support and people in the seats when we go before the Council. On December 6th  we are asking all to come and speak on our behalf, or just sit in the audience for support.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best Regards,

Laura Cronin

Greater Hyannis Civic Association

To All, hospital
We are coming into the home stretch with the presentation to the Town Council on December 6 on the various ordinance proposals we’ve been working on the past 18 months.

We have come a long way, and while we have received positive feedback and great support from all of the villages, we still need everyone’s support and people in the seats when we go before the Council. On December 6th  we are asking all to come and speak on our behalf, or just sit in the audience for support.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best Regards,

Laura Cronin

Greater Hyannis Civic Association
Water is an important natural resource for Cape Cod.  As various individuals and organizations look into the problem of preserving this vital natural resource for future generations, drugstore the GHCA, here with the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce and other Cape associations, sickness has agreed to adopt 5 basic principles which apply to the Cape Cod waste water and drinking water issue.  The 5 principles are:

  • We have a nitrogen problem.
  • We cannot afford to ignore the problem
  • Whatever we do it must be scientifically based and environmentally sound
  • Whatever we do it must be done in the most financially responsible way
  • We must educate our constituents and ourselves on the issue

The GHCA Board hopes that local, state, and federal environmental groups will recognize our concern and adopt these principles as they look for solutions to the Cape’s wastewater issues.

To All, hospital
We are coming into the home stretch with the presentation to the Town Council on December 6 on the various ordinance proposals we’ve been working on the past 18 months.

We have come a long way, and while we have received positive feedback and great support from all of the villages, we still need everyone’s support and people in the seats when we go before the Council. On December 6th  we are asking all to come and speak on our behalf, or just sit in the audience for support.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best Regards,

Laura Cronin

Greater Hyannis Civic Association
Water is an important natural resource for Cape Cod.  As various individuals and organizations look into the problem of preserving this vital natural resource for future generations, drugstore the GHCA, here with the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce and other Cape associations, sickness has agreed to adopt 5 basic principles which apply to the Cape Cod waste water and drinking water issue.  The 5 principles are:

  • We have a nitrogen problem.
  • We cannot afford to ignore the problem
  • Whatever we do it must be scientifically based and environmentally sound
  • Whatever we do it must be done in the most financially responsible way
  • We must educate our constituents and ourselves on the issue

The GHCA Board hopes that local, state, and federal environmental groups will recognize our concern and adopt these principles as they look for solutions to the Cape’s wastewater issues.
This letter was sent to the “Letters to the Editor” column of the Barnstable Patriot and Enterprise.

Date: 11/7/12

While we are disappointed with the recent delay of the Town Council workshop on some proposed ordinance changes and additions which the GHCA Voices of the Village Task Force – Landlords-Rentals & Regulations have been working on, try  we are busy using this time to continue to reach out to residents and others to educate and answer questions related to the proposals. We’re inviting opponents into the dialogue so we can gain a better understanding of what their issues and concerns are, cialis and hopefully come up with ideas we can adapt to make these work.

I also want to take this opportunity to clarify some facts and misconceptions about the proposals.

The proposal to existing Ch59 Comprehensive Occupancy is only proposing a change in the “legal occupant” age from 22 down to 18. At 22, treat we have the reality of having 18 -21 year olds enter into a rental agreement, and live in a potential overcrowded house, by which today they are not considered in the number of legal occupants.

Note: The change to remove the number of vehicle clause from Ch59 Comprehensive Occupancy is not our task force proposal, but a legal department directive to remove it from the rental code ordinance.

The proposal to existing Ch170 Rental Code is proposing we change the violation penalty from $100 up to $300; which is the maximum allowed penalty under MA General Law.

The proposal to existing CH133 Noise Ordinance proposes to add the property owner into the penalty assessment if the property is identified as a having a documented chronic noise problem. By including the property owner in the fines, we have closed the gap where transient tenants “wait out” the fine process, and put the burden on property owners to have accountability for who they rent to. If the property owner is in the process of actively addressing the tenant(s), and/or demonstrating they are working with neighbors and police to correct the situation, they will not continue to be assessed. Some opponents say this will infringe on a person’s individual rights, but currently the noise ordinance is already in effect and perpetrators are cited when they violate the ordinance;  however, they are typically thrown out of court or wait it out until their lease ends never to be seen again, and a new tenant comes in and repeats the nuisance cycle. There is no incentive to curtail the repeated documented behavior or for the owner to take responsibility on who they place in our neighborhoods.

The New CH 160 – Chronic Problem Properties proposes to define a coherent method of addressing the adverse effects on the health, safety, welfare, and quality of life of residents arising from properties where illegal activity occurs on a regular basis.  Illegal activity is the key word. Some opponents claim that if their dog knocks over their neighbor’s trash can they will be fined on each occurrence. In reality, unless knocking over your neighbor’s trash can is a criminal activity in their village, the owner would not be fined.  The perception is that it would target specific groups or neighborhoods, and the honest answer is yes, but not negatively; we see this as a support line for the good, law-abiding residents in our Town who live with this activity going on around them every single day, and who want this repeated illegal activity element gone from their neighborhoods. If we can stop one, we’ve helped hundreds. Again, if the property owner is actively working with police and the courts to correct this situation, they would not continue to be assessed.

The New CH 54 – Building Property Maintenance – is to address nuisances, such as deteriorated structures, vacant buildings, etc. which cause and contribute to blight within neighborhoods and commercial areas,  which adversely affect the value of adjacent and surrounding property and impair the health, safety and general welfare of the inhabitants of the town. Despite what some opponents think currently, there is nothing on the books that we can enforce on abandoned or neglected property owners to bring it up to minimal accepted standards.  Boarded up windows and over growth above the windows continue to thrive in our neighborhoods,  devaluing surrounding properties, and creating a potential risk to the neighbors living there. We have a growing list of properties which all the villages have identified, where nothing can be done. Each one has been brought up to our regulatory inspectors, but they were found they are not in violation of current ordinances. Even using the BIRST team is fruitless, as there is no immediate threat to the public because the doors are boarded up, and no one “can access it.”  Tell that to the neighbors who have to keep their kids inside because vermin and other critters living in the over growth must cross through their property to get there; or the risk of having kids or others, find a way inside the premises. We shouldn’t allow owners of neglected or abandoned properties to let their properties deteriorate at the expense of quality of life of others.  One look at the property across from the Elementary School on Bearses Way says it all.

We have worked hard to reach out to all of the villages, understand what their needs are, and we’ll continue to do so. We hope we can work together in addressing the issues or concerns of opponents, and are open to discuss and adapt the proposals with suggestions. If anyone is interested in meeting with us, they can contact me at GreatHyannis@aol.com .

I would like to thank our GHCA Task Force members and the Town Staff who worked diligently on this project for the past 18 months, and everyone else who has been supporting us along the way. I am asking for their continued support and to come to the Dec 6th council meeting to have the Councilors, and the public, hear their voices. Remember, it started with a question… how can we improve Hyannis…take back our village, our neighborhood, and Town? The Voices of The Villages are strong, and we want to do whatever it takes to make all of Barnstable a great place to live.

Sincerely,

Laura Cronin, GHCA VOV LRR Task Force

Hyannis, MA