Falls City hires new city code enforcer

FALLS CITY — Code enforcement in Falls City is back on track.

Mayor Terry Ungricht said new code enforcer Rose Bajorins, a Falls City resident, has finished her first case. It’s under attorney review to make sure all requirements are met, he said.

“We are moving along,” Ungricht said at Thursday’s Falls City City Council meeting. “After this one is done, we are going to move on to a bank-owned property, because that is a different process. What we are basically doing is setting up procedures so we can move forward.”

The city has a contract with the city of Independence to run its municipal court, which enables a code enforcer to write citations and take city code violators to court. That contract was approved in April, but the city struggled to keep a code officer on staff.

Ungricht reported to the council in September that the city’s newly hired code enforcer quit due to family concerns. Bajorins volunteered to help with code enforcement at that same meeting after bringing a code complaint to the council.

The city took her up on that offer.

“Rose seems to be doing a pretty good job,” Ungricht said. “We’re coming up with some ideas.”

Ungricht added that the city and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office is close to completing a contract that would allow the sheriff’s office to enforce the city ordinances that it can’t now, such as violations of park rules.

Another new hire attended Thursday’s meeting: City Clerk Cody De Camp.

De Camp, hired following a search and interview process in August, began work in September and joined the council for his first meeting on Thursday. Ungricht said he has put De Camp in charge of overseeing the closing process for the Wagner Community Library.

In other business, the council:

• Approved the Polk County Law Enforcement Use of Deadly Force plan.

• Began the process of approving the city’s water master plan.

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