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backpeddling on code enforcement proposal

Thursday, June 15, 2017 16:21 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News
There appears to be some back peddling in LaPorte County over a measure to crack down on unsightly properties and noise. There's been a firestorm of opposition just like there was recently over gun restrictions that quickly got yanked off the table and killed. ''To me, it's as simple as someone telling you how you are going to live on your land,'' said LaPorte area resident Spencer England. A week after preliminary approval was granted by the LaPorte County Commissioners, Dr. Vidya Kora said he will ask his two other colleages on the board not to vote on the measure when they meet June 21st. Instead, Kora said he will motion for the ordinance to be sent to the LaPorte County Plan Commission for further review. His decision comes after Kora received alot of angry responses from citizens and he doesn't want another major revolt like the one April 19 over proposed gun restrictions opponents felt the commissioners tried sneaking through. ''That way, this can be properly vetted and adequate public input is sought and received,'' said Kora. LaPorte County Commission president Rich Mrozinski said he wants to speak more with Kora before commenting on his idea to further study the matter. The ordinance calls for the creation of a code enforcement officer position and includes fines that can be as high as $2,500. Mrozinski made cracking down on unsitely properties a major focus during his 2016 campaign and earlier this week responded to fears by citizens the ordinance with its provisions on noise was a back door way of restricting the use of firearms. Mrozinski said there is no reference to guns in the proposed code enforcement ordinance. He also defended people offended by nearby properties that look more like junk yards and badly need mowing. ''These are the kind of things we're trying to clean up,'' said Mrozinski. England said the ordinance is another way for government to dictate what happens on private property and a tool for bringing outsiders in and catering to those already here. All most people want is for ''LaPorte to stay what it is and have some decent paying jobs. That's all the people want and if they do that, they don't have to reinvent the wheel,'' said England.
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