Code enforcement is one of the primary responsibilities of a City. State Code, Chapter 364. The Bloomfield Code of Ordinances in chapters 50, and 51 define what constitutes nuisances, and how they must be addressed. The definition of a nuisance in Chapter 50 defines a nuisance as “Whatever is injurious to health, indecent, or unreasonable offensive to the senses or an obstruction to the free use of property so as essentially interfere unreasonably with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property is a nuisance”. Our Code addresses tall grass, junk vehicles, trash and debris, and dilapidated structures. Tall grass however is the most common nuisance.
When notifying a property owner, you may also need to notify deed and contract holders as well. I use a template for my letters and identify Code which speaks to Chapter 50. Chapter 51 addressees junk vehicles. The letter identifies a time period for which the nuisance must be abated, and states in part “…the City of Bloomfield may take whatever action is available to abate this nuisance…”. It is important to note if the owner ignores the letter and fails to address the nuisance, the City would (with tall grass for instance) assess the costs associated with mowing the property, and assess the costs to the property owner(s).
It is important to note nuisance abatement falls into two categories. The first is the administrative process which consists of notifying people by letter of a nuisance. This is usually tall grass, weeds or garbage. If the owner or occupant fails to mow tall grass the City of Bloomfield proceeds to cut tall grass and weeds and bill at a rate of $75.00 an hour with a minimum charge of $75.00. If a third notice is ignored, a fee of $250.00 is applied. Municipal infractions are more serious and compel owner(s) of junk vehicles, and dangerous buildings. If a person fails to respond or ignores the tall grass/weed notice, the City will contract or undertake mowing tall grass and weeds costs are attached to the owners’ property taxes.
When tall grass, or weeds are cited or reported, we take every effort to make personal contact with the occupant or owner, and explain the nuisance and what can be done to address the problem. Should citizens see a nuisance please do not hesitate to contact city hall at 641-664-2260.
At the June 18, 2020 city council meeting, the city council will be voting on the amendment of ordinance 18A City Administrator/Clerk by removing all reference to City Clerk.
See links below for the current version (proposed changes are highlighted) and the proposed amended version of ordinance 18A City Administrator/City Clerk.
Ordinance 18A: Current Version (changes are highlighted)
Ordinance 18A: Proposed Revised Version
This report contains important information regarding the water quality in our water system. The water source for Bloomfield is Rathbun Regional Water Association, Inc. RRWA obtained its source water in 2019 from the Chariton River, below Lake Rathbun Dam and directly from Rathbun Lake, both a surface water source.
2019 Water Quality Report for Bloomfield Municipal Water
Below is information regarding garbage collection during COVID-19:
=Waste Management will NOT take anything that does NOT fit in the garbage toter or recycle bin
=ALL. GARBAGE. Has. To. Be. BAGGED.
=ALL CARDBOARD has to be BROKEN DOWN
Beginning at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, May, 27, 2020, North Madison Street will be closed, at the intersection of North Street and Madison Street. The closure is for the duration of road construction.
Due to regulations, safety, and social distancing related to COVID-19, no public restroom facilities are available at Lake Fisher or the Bloomfield City Park.
*No porta potties available at Lake Fisher.
*The Bloomfield City Park public restrooms on the west end of the pool house are closed.
The Bloomfield City Council will hold a public hearing on the construction loan application for the wastewater treatment plant improvements, at their meeting commencing at 7:00 P.M. on June 4, 2020. The hearing will be held via electronic means due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SRF loan in the amount of $8,004,000.00 will be used to make improvements in the wastewater treatment system to meet NPDES permit limits for ammonia, nitrogen, dissolved oxygen (DO), and E. coli. This will be completed by converting Lagoon Cell 1 into two aerated cells, Lagoon Cell 2 into one aerated cell and one quiescent cell. Four SAGRs will be constructed in the remaining Lagoon Cell 2 to provide tertiary ammonia removal and disinfection.
Written comments may be filed with the City Clerk prior to the hearing. At said hearing any interested person may appear and file oral or written comments.
CITY OF BLOOMFIELD, IOWA
By: Sandy Jones, City Clerk