It's a big job but progress is being made according to a news release by the City of Yakima Code Enforcement Office.

Back in June of 2015 the City had  produced a list of 119 properties declared as dangerous. Today the list has been reduced to 47.“It’s about making people accountable for their property,” Code Administration Manager Joe Caruso said. “It’s making a big difference for our neighborhoods. The neighbors are happy.”

You name the activity and chances are it was happening in the targeted buildings.  Many had been abandoned and squatters had moved in, creating fake utility accounts generating a host of complaints such as illegal drugs use, break-ins and car prowls.

Caruso said the City has been working with owners of the dangerous buildings to get them boarded up and secure. The recent effort is making a difference.

What was once a source of 5 to 7 complaints a week has been reduced to 1 or 2 complaints every couple of months, according to Caruso.

Caruso presented an update about the effort to the Yakima City Council’s Neighborhood and Community Building Committee last Thursday, March 15th and  Y-PAC coverage of that meeting can be viewed anytime on-line at
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