Proposed nuisance ordinance goes too far

March 28, 2014 | 9:39 am

Proposed Chapter 22A Nuisance Ordinance goes too far to try to place the blame on innocent property owners of Cedar Rapids for crime in our city. Chapter 22A includes violations for owner-occupied and rental residential, commercial property and all other property in Cedar Rapids.

It is incomprehensible that a property owner could be considered in violation when they are the victim of a crime. Because the owner of a property allowed someone onto their property or within 1,000 feet of their property and that person committed a crime, the property is considered in violation under Chapter 22A.

When in the history of our country have we thought anyone else other than the person that committed the crime was guilty of anything? How can anyone predict what someone else is capable of doing?

We all need to use good judgment when we choose the people we associate with, but how does a property owner know when they allow someone into their door or within 1,000 feet of their property that that person is not going to do anything which may be considered probable cause for a crime? The criminal does not have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt guilty of anything and the property is considered in violation of this nuisance ordinance. Chapter 22A nuisance ordinance goes too far.

Sheryl Jahnel

Cedar Rapids

 

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