The Mountain House Community Services District Board of Directors gave the sheriff’s department the power to enforce community Master Restrictions during their regular meeting Wednesday, Jan. 8.
The board, by a 4-0 vote without discussion, passed an amendment to the parking ordinance that enables San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputies to cite people who violate the rule against trailers, boats and RVs in public view.
In the spring of 2005, the board adopted the MHCSD traffic and parking ordinance, but it did not address regulations for recreational vehicles, boats and trailers. The revision approved Wednesday will align the ordinance with the Master Restrictions, according to Mountain House Development Manager Morgan Groover.
Groover, who oversees code enforcement, said before the vote Wednesday that the Master Restrictions existed without a punishment tool. He said community code enforcement officer Cedrick Hathon will now be able to identify the owners of the vehicles and coordinate citations.
“We don’t have access to the DMV information for boats and trailers,” Groover said. “The only one who has that power is the sheriff. The deputy can look up that information and tell Cedrick (who the owner is).”
“This gives us the ability to deal with this cleanly and deal with the specific person that is in violation, rather than try and guess (ownership),” he added. “This takes the Master Restriction requirements and codifies it as an ordinance.”
In each case, a resident is given three chances to obey the ordinance. After the third warning, a fine of $100 to $200 can be issued each day until the problem is resolved.
After the meeting, board President Steven Gutierrez said the revision was reasonable and addressed residents’ concerns.
“This gives them the powers to enforce the ordinance,” he said. “It’s a no-brainer to give them the tools to do their job.”
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