City Now Has Authority to Issue Pothole Citations
The Gillette City Council adopted a pothole ordinance
The ordinance, which allows the city to enforce pothole violations against any business entity that does not meet repair compliance, unanimously passed on third reading at Tuesday night’s council meeting without public comment.
Business owners or those leasing properties will first be sent a letter informing them that their property has been identified as having unsafe surfaces that will need to be repaired. This is nothing new, according to City of Gillette Communications Manager Geno Palazzari, who also noted that owners will be given a reasonable amount of time to make the needed repairs.
“This ordinance is really about keeping our community safe,” he said. “It is not in place to generate revenue.”
Palazzari added that the city is not telling anyone how to repair the unsafe surfaces and understands that temporary fixes may be used during unfavorable weather. Only when a reasonable amount of time has passed, he said, and it appears that next steps have not been taken, a citation will be issued.
Palazzari did not specify what constitutes “a reasonable amount of time.”
Anyone can report unsafe surfaces through the city’s Planning Services Division.
Citation fines for offenses that go unaddressed are up to $750.