The Norwalk City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance to begin improving the city's overall appearance by removing abandoned vehicles and other unsightly debris.
The ordinance also directs that the director of planning and the Board of Administration Review be replaced with a 5-member Property Maintenance and Building Rehabilitation Appeals Board. The new appeals board will be composed of members of the Planning Commission.
The board will be responsible for hearing and deciding on complaints against commercial or private residents who have failed to clean up their property. Property owners also will have the right to request a hearing by the board if they have any disagreements with orders or complaints about their property.
"This assortment of changes will make great strides in cleaning up neighborhoods and building the spirit of Norwalk," City Manager Richard Powers said. The 3-phase project, which will be implemented early next year, is completely new to the city, he said.