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Superior residents demand city changes
Some Superior residents want changes to their government. Several months ago recall efforts began against four city council members, including the Mayor.
Residents tell News 5's Dara Newson they don't like the way the city has handled the nuisance abatement program.
The nuisance abatement program is intended to get rid of nuisance properties, houses that are poorly maintained and deemed unsafe.
"It's ran by communists," said Marie Wiggins.
Several residents like Marie Wiggins are frustrated with how the city is running the program.
"I mean, that's what they're doing, they're taking all of our freedom away from us and telling us exactly what we can do and what we can't do with our property," Wiggins said.
The city hired South Central Economic Development to inspect the homes and says they were only following state laws.
"Drove down city streets, city alleys, not leaving her vehicle and taking what she called a windshield assessment," Carrie Lemke said.
Residents upset about the handling of inspections led to the recall efforts of three city council members and the mayor.
But on August 28th not enough signatures were collected on the petition for three of the city hall offices leaving one city council member, Carrie Lemke, standing alone.
"We're city leaders trying to cleanup our city and make our city more appealing to people who want to move here," said Lemke.
Other residents that News 5 spoke with say that they agree with the fact that the city is trying to help keep the community clean, but some things have just gone too far.
"I've heard other people say they've gotten a letter for having their garage door open," said Jennifer Simpkins.
"For some stuff that was in a wagon thing just little things like that, that's really nonsense," said Marlene Hartlett.
"We're not the pretty police; we're not making you paint your house. It can be 50 different colors as long as it's safe."
Residents will vote in November on whether or not to keep Lemke in city hall.
"I would start over and get rid of all of them," said Hartlett.
There are also recall efforts brewing in Franklin County against County Sheriff Jerry Archer and County Attorney Patrick Duncan.
A petition and report filed at the Franklin County Court notes discrepancies in handling of court cases and other legal matters.
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