Town poised to crack down on residents ignoring laws

Officials consider hiring officer to provide stricter enforcement of ordinances
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Town of Fredonia residents aren’t responding when they are notified of code violations, so town officials say they will look into possibly issuing citations and fines.

“I’m concerned about letters going out regarding code violations and residents basically thumbing their noses at the town,” Town Clerk Bob Eichner told supervisors last week.

Specifically, Eichner mentioned residents who have chickens in their yards and are not getting licenses as required by a new ordinance passed last year. 

“Look at all the time we spent on that chicken ordinance,” Town Chairman Rich Mueller said. “Not a one (chicken owner) came in to get a license. What good is your ordinance if it’s not enforced?”

There have been other instances,  Eichner said, involving junked cars in yards and other violations.

Board members discussed hiring a code-enforcement officer who would have the power to issue citations or contracting with the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office or Fredonia Village Marshal’s Office.

“Technically, they would be municipal citations,” Eichner said.

“You need to fine some people and then after that it may just take a letter” to get people to correct a violation, Mueller said. “After a few people pay a fine, then they might start listening.”

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