New Winston ordinance allows city to block properties with multiple criminal violations

City of Winston, April 3, 2018. (SBG)

WINSTON, Ore. -- The City of Winston is taking a major step toward reducing the number of residences with criminal activity.

This week, the Winston City Council passed a “disorderly properties” ordinance, which would allow the City to block or close off access to a property with three or more criminal violations.

The Winston city manager says both criminal and code violations are included in the ordinance.

"It just gives us another tool in our tool box in the event that we get a property and we can't get them after a long period of time to abate the issue," explained Winston City Manager Mark Bauer.

The City of Winston would have to get a court order from a judge before blocking access to a property.

The ordinance will take effect next month.

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