Lonsdale holds meeting to hear blight concerns

Lori Nickel, Montgomery Messenger

If you live in Lonsdale, it is time to clean up. The Lonsdale City Council held an informal meeting on Monday, March 24 in Council Chambers to hear what residents had to say about the appearance of their town. Many attended and spoke their minds about the clutter of their neighbors, but had different ideas as to what the definition of blight should be.

The meeting began at 6:30 p.m. with City Administrator Joel Erickson leading a power point presentation with several photos of residences considered to have blight issues under the current ordinance. Several in attendance were surprised by the presentation, as many photos showed recreational and seasonal vehicles parked in the driveways.

Erickson explained that there are many levels to blight, and although many may not agree, the city ordinance includes blight as having piles of building materials in yards and driveways, as well as parked trailers and boats in lawns and in driveways. He also showed photos of what he knew would surprise many as blight: play equipment and trampolines in the front yard. Erickson explained that city staff has been hearing complaints from residents about these types of blight issues.

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