Whidbey needs to get proactive about code enforcement

Editor,

In response to a recent article on code violations, this seems to be a big issue that has been on the back burner, as low priority for awhile, as the property owners who ignore these violations should have their wages/tax refund garnished to compensate the county if possible.

Also, violations are not necessarily a mental health issue but, if it is it should be the caretaker’s responsibility since some are paid by the state.

Homes that are a health hazard like the one on our street where the code enforcer has posted a warning notice on doors for over a year, can cause death. It is full of feces, flies, rats, raccoons and cats that come and go through an open door at this house, transmitting diseases to the public. These houses should be boarded up immediately for public safety, especially since there are two daycares on this street.

As for Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson’s suggestion to put out porta potties and wash stations, would you have this done on your block to encourage more transients to move there? Next will be cable TV. This has been going on for a long time and nothing has been done.

Why try to put a bandage on it? You need to group together and form a task force to control the issue. You need to have a shelters, rehab, mental evaluations and work with them to find work. Many of them are able bodied.

As far as foreclosed homes, there should be some way the county can make it the bank’s responsibility to manage those homes.

Let’s tackle the problem!

DEE HOLWITZ

Oak Harbor

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Global warming no hoax; help to save environment

Editor, Rick Kiser’s letter to the editor on Dec. 15 suggests that… Continue reading

Letter: The food bank powered through a power outage

Editor, I don’t often get to send a thank you via the… Continue reading

Letter: Langley’s handling of records requests dubious

Editor, It was interesting to hear the city of Langley blame the… Continue reading

Letter: Navy, country need place for Growlers to practice

Editor, As a retired master chief who served at Whidbey Island, both… Continue reading

Letter: Our island community making a big difference

Editor, Thanks to Laura Guido for her article, “Making Art to Make… Continue reading

Letter: Insurance cuts a slap in the face

Editor, WhidbeyHealth recently announced budget cuts, as noted in the South Whidbey… Continue reading

Letter: Arrest by deputies’ helped avert potential tragedy

Editor, On Nov. 21, we on Whidbey Island were very likely in… Continue reading

Letter: Not anti-defense; against being ‘collateral damage’

Editor, I read the South Whidbey Record Dec. 5 article, “Navy ends… Continue reading

Letter: Frustrated by a lack of enforcement by county

Editor, It is in the spirit of continuous improvement that I write… Continue reading

Most Read