Oroville addresses blight

Urgency ordinance codifies process for removing hazards

Seeking a remedy to blight, the Oroville City Council unanimously passed an urgency ordinance that temporarily expands the city’s Nuisance Code to include significant public health and safety hazards on private properties. (See “Southside’s plight,” Newslines, April 4.)

The ordinance, adopted Tuesday night (April 16), takes effect immediately and lasts 45 days. Interim City Administrator Tom Lando told the CN&R by email Wednesday morning that the council will permanently change the code within that period.

Urgency ordinance provisions give city staff immediate right of entry onto private property to remedy code violations specified as hazards.