Audio Report: Citizens sound off on city of Viroqua action to remove flowers and gardens at seven homes
Here is an audio report on a special meeting held at the Viroqua High School on Tuesday to hear citizen reaction to actions by the city to involuntarily remove gardens and flowers from the city owned boulevards last week. Over 100 people attended and voiced their views on both sides for a little over an hour.
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A number of residents in the city Viroqua were shocked last week when city crews showed up at their homes and began weed whacking and digging up the flowers and gardens in front of their homes.
The city of Viroqua began enforcing a city ordinance regarding boulevards and what they can, an cannot, be used for. The boulevard is considered that strip of land between the city sidewalk and the street.
For most people the ordinance is not an issue but some people have chosen to use the land as an extension of their yard, often planting flowers or even gardening in the area. That is technically a violation of the city policy and city officials began notifying homeowners in June. A compliance officer began checking boulevards and contacting homeowners. City officials about 44 properties were originally addressed and only about six did not comply with city requests to rectify the situation.
The city also held a committee meeting last month to discuss the issue and a number of homeowners were t here but not all of them say they were aware of the meeting. The chose sent a police officer with city workers last week and removed those items in the boulevard last week that were not allowed under the ordinance.
Technically the city could charge the or fine the homeowners under the ordinance but city officials say they will not be follow through with at portion of the ordinance.
The special meeting to discuss the cities actions and the ordinance will be held at the common’s are of the school on Tuesday, August 5 at 6pm.