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Cambridge Council passes new city code

The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed an ordinance updating the city code, which had not been updated completely since 1978. The ordinance will take effect later this month.

In January, residents voiced concerns about Chapter 69.11 regarding parking of vehicles, trailers, campers and boats in front, side and rear yards of a one- or two-family dwelling.

The updated code states that vehicles can’t be parked in front yards for more than 48 hours unless parked in a driveway. Storing and parking vehicles, trailers, campers and boats will be prohibited in side and rear yards.

The following is a list of topic areas listed in the updated code with a few of the chapter code headings.

• General Code Provisions - city election and operating procedures.

• Administration, Boards and Commissions - outlines functions of employees, elected and appointed officials.

• Police, Fire and Emergencies - police, fire and hazardous substance spills.

• Public Offenses - public safety, minors and park regulations.

• Nuisances and Animal Control - nuisance abatement, junk vehicles, weed and animal control.

• Traffic and Vehicles - traffic regulations, weight restrictions, parking, bicycle and golf cart regulations.

• Water - water service, rates and meters.

• Sanitary Sewer - use of public sewers, service charges and on-site waste water systems.

• Garbage and Solid Waste - collection and control of solid waste.

• Franchises and Other Services - natural gas franchise, electric franchise, cable franchise and cemetery.

• Regulation of Business and Vocations - liquor licenses, tobacco permits, junk dealers and solicitors.

• Streets and Sidewalks - maintenance, regulations, street grades and naming of streets.

• Building and Property Regulations - trees, fences, dangerous buildings, mobile homes, fire zone and minimum building standards.

• Zoning and Subdivision - regulations and subdivision control.

Copies of the code are available at the Cambridge Memorial Library and City Hall.

Other business:

On March 10, at 7 p.m. at the Cambridge City Hall, the council will hold a public budget hearing to review the 2014-15 budget, which goes into effect July 1. The council will also discuss hiring an assistant public works director at the meeting.

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