To the Editor:
Another Fake Patty’s Day celebration has come and gone. As I read in the Mercury, it appears that the Riley County Police Department handled about the same load as always. The Emergency Medical Service was maybe a little lighter, but they were there for those people in need. And the fire department and code officials were checking to see that safety was No. 1.
Last Sunday morning as I drove to check on my own properties, I saw groups of volunteers cleaning up the trash in the streets and on the sidewalks. Also, I saw landlord after landlord cleaning up trash from around their properties.
This year, Landlords of Man-hattan was able to extend the time that property owners had to have their properties cleaned up from 8 a.m. Sunday to noon Sunday. This proved to be a wise move. In 2013, 87 properties were posted for trash violations and two owners were issued abate-ment charges and fines. This year, 17 properties were posted for trash violations, and by Monday evening all of those had been taken care of and no abatement charges or fines were issued. This was a win-win for both the landlords and the city.
Now I come to the reason for this letter. The Board of Directors of the Landlords of Manhattan wants to thank the City Commission, the city mana-ger’s office and the Code Department for working with the landlords. We also want to thank the landlords for responding and getting out on a Sunday morning to pick up and clean up. Last but not least, we want to thank the Mercury for allowing us to this space to convey our message.
Due to all of the professionals and volunteers stepping up and doing their part, this year, Fake Patty’s Day was a win for Manhattan. For the Board of Directors of the Landlords of Manhattan…
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