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Reno City Council Approves Plan To Fight Blight

The Reno City Council Wednesday approved a new million-dollar plan to fight blight.

Under the plan, apartment owners would be required to complete training programs on crime reduction. The city will be more aggressive in pursuing criminal charges against property owners who receive multiple citations for junk cars or substandard living conditions.

And the city will spend more to demolish "nuisance" properties.

But Councilman Oscar Delgado says that would be a last resort.

"It’s a tool that we are going to be able to use to make sure that the community, first and foremost people feel safe, secondly it raises our quality of life standards, and third it is an economic development opportunity for us as we see forward as our community continues to grow," says Delgado.

Other programs include installing cameras to record graffiti vandals, buying new solar trash compacting garbage cans, and inspecting weekly-rental motels every year. The city hopes to hire a Redevelopment Manager to determine how much money will be spent on each initiative and bring that plan back to the council in August.

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