City of Rochester looking for input on proposed news laws for ‘Nuisance Points’

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The City of Rochester could change a controversial process, that’s designed to clean up unsightly properties.

We’re talking about nuisance points — which are issued when there’s a disturbance at a property. If there are too many this can lead to an eviction. 

Kyle Crandall has lived in the Beechwood Neighborhood for 19 years. He tells News 8 it has changed for the worse.

“This is a homicide, this was illegal drug activity, this negligent property owners that are allowing criminal behavior to occur in and around the property,” said Crandall. 

Nuisance points are supposed to deter these types of problems from occurring. Former Rochester mayor and now city consultant Bill Johnson recommended changes to the program.

They include a nuisance map that will display property points and citations. In addition to an advisory board made up of residents and business owners. They will review every case. This will give property owners the option to appeal.

Crandall, who is also his neighborhood association president, says properties should add value to the community.

“Matter of fact it appears in my review of what they did it actually makes it a little easier for negligence property owners to be able to get out and find ways around the system,” Crandall said.

The city is also looking to implement new technology that will notify them when a property has accrued more than 18 points which is the threshold to take action.

The city is hosting three public hearings:

  • Thursday, May 10 at 5:00 PM in City Council Chambers (30 Church Street)

  • Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 PM in City Council Chambers (30 Church Street)

  • Monday, May 21 at 5:30 PM in City Council Chambers (30 Church Street)

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