Chapter 22 PUBLIC WORKS AND IMPROVEMENTS*
Section 22-118 Adopt-a-spot programs.
(a) To the extent that staff and resources are available
to properly support and monitor
volunteer cleanup efforts, the public works department shall establish and coordinate volunteer
efforts to clean up streets, right of ways, city property, or property used for city purposes. Such
programs or efforts shall not be intended to replace normal maintenance responsibilities of the
city, but rather to provide additional resources in areas of public use and visibility.
(b) The public works department shall determine the suitability
of any street right of way,
public area or property used for city purposes to be adopted, taking into consideration the
character of the area, traffic volumes, general safety concerns and long-term maintenance
responsibilities. If areas proposed to be adopted are not on properties controlled by the
department of public works, the department shall serve as a coordinator with the appropriate city
department and no work shall be performed until approval is received by the department of
public works from the proper city department. In exercising discretion, the director may consider
Arterial and commercial collector streets. Arterial and those collector streets that serve a
predominantly commercial area or along which the abutting property is unplatted and
undeveloped may be adopted by adjacent property owners, individuals, or organizations and
clubs. First preference shall be given to adjacent property owners. Adoption of these streets shall
not be allowed for groups with participating children under twelve years of age.
Residential collector and local residential streets. Neighborhood residential and
collector streets that are obviously residential in character may be adopted only by adjacent
property owners in either the form of a recognized homeowners association, church congregation
or church or school sponsored social or scout groups, or by petition of more than one-half of the
abutting property owners.
Public areas. Property that is owned or controlled by the city, or where city operations
are conducted, may be adopted. Areas in this category include recycling drop-off points, yard
waste drop-off sites, linear parks and railroad right of ways.
(Ord. No. 14884 § 1, 6-17-96)