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Morriss Blames Judicial System for Slowing Code Enforcement Efforts

October 29th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Although the Cumberland Mayor and City Council took action last year to enhance code enforcement efforts- Mayor Ray Morriss says he believes a big  part of the problem lies with the judicial system. In the summer of 2020, the Council voted unanimously to do away with a warning process for nuisance violations, clearing the way for officers to issue citations and fines to offenders- with the objective being to allow swift action on violations such as high grass and weeds, burning leaves and feeding feral animals. While that action may have improved the process for issuing citations and warnings- the city has no authority over the court system when it comes to imposing the fines or punishments…