Medford City Council passes two ordinances to clean up derelict houses

houses-picMedford, Ore. — After years of discussion, the Medford City Council has approved two ordinances designed to clean up derelict homes.

At the noon meeting on Thursday, the council voted to adopt an international property maintenance code, which will set certain standards for houses. It also approved an ordinance that will allow the city to take control of any property that isn’t being maintained.

“There’s steps we have to go through, but at the end of the day, we think we’ll be able to force people to clean up properties that are a chronic nuisance, places that are drug houses, places that the neighbors know they have bad things going on that are affecting everybody’s quality of life, everyone’s property values,” Councilor Daniel Bunn said.

The ordinances are designed to address boarded up properties in the city that aren’t being lived in or taken care of. They allow the city to take ownership of them and fix them up, if the current owners don’t comply.

Natalie Weber anchors Your Place @ 7, and reports for NBC5 News at 5 and 6. She is also the spokesperson for S.O. Close to Homeless, a community discussion on homelessness in our region, started by Access and NBC5 News.

Natalie began her career in journalism as an intern with NBC5 News during her senior year at South Medford High School. Following graduation, she was promoted to Producer for the morning news broadcast for NBC’s sister station, FOX26, then to Producer for NBC5 News at Sunrise.

Natalie took a break from news to work for the Medford Police Department as a Records Specialist. However, she missed the fast-paced environment of the newsroom. Natalie moved back to her hometown of Eureka, California to start her on-air career with North Coast News KAEF ABC23 before returning once again to NBC5 News.

Natalie attended Southern Oregon University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, getting lost in a good book, and exploring Southern Oregon.

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