Police go door-to-door to clean up old cars, messy yards
The Detroit Lakes police log was a little longer Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5, with nearly three dozen "city ordinance" calls listed.
"These are abatement kinds of calls," police Chief Steven Todd said Tuesday. “We help the city with blemishes that need to be taken care of.”
Todd said these visits are often vehicle-related: “Vehicles that are junk, or unregistered or have expired registration,” he said.
Trash in yards or tree branches hanging into the street might also catch police attention.
But instead of a ticket, officers point out the problem and remind the resident to take care of it, Todd said.
“We do this every spring when the weather starts to get nice,” he said. “Usually April and May. We kind of held off a bit with the COVID stuff.”