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City, West Central neighborhood addressing safety concerns

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane, along with residents in the West Central neighborhood, will launch a new effort this week designed to increase safety in the neighborhood by emphasizing cleanliness.

The program will focus on identifying properties with accumulations of solid waste and substandard buildings in the neighborhood. 

Property owners with these problems would receive a notice of violation and would be offered some options to make changes to get into compliance with City codes.

"We're trying to address the ‘broken-window' syndrome," said City Neighborhood Services Director Jonathan Mallahan. "Properties with boarded up windows, piles of garbage or abandoned vehicles can attract crime because criminals assume that people aren't paying attention or don't care."

Those who need to clean up their properties can contact the West Central Neighborhood Clean Up Coordinator at 323-1957 to sign up for a $25 dump pass.

The City has two options available for removing waste:

  • Remove the solid waste themselves and haul the material to the Waste to Energy plant or solid waste transfer stations. The dump pass will cover up to $25 of the disposal fee
  • Have the City abate the problem. The dump pass will reduce the disposal charges up to $25. Abatements include a service fee of $62 per 1/4 hour of labor and disposal time.

If the resident is disabled or elderly, the WCNC Clean Up Coordinator can arrange for assistance for the removal of the solid waste and make arrangements for the disposal.

People who are cited for a substandard building can try these resources:

  • Minor Emergency Repair - (509) 744-7106 ext. 204
  • Roof Repair or Housing Rehabilitation - (509) 755-5555
  • Weatherization - (509) 744-3370 ext. 207

If this new emphasis is successful, the City will explore whether other neighborhoods would be interested in a similar project.

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