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Illegal Parking Citations Up in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash.--After thoroughly inspecting 17 motels, Yakima's Code Enforcement Team continues to crackdown on eyesores around the community.

As we head into the summer months, code inspectors said complaint calls increase by nearly 40 to 50 percent.

Right now, one of the main problems seems to be illegally parked mobile homes. Code enforcement officers said they've been tagging four to six a day.

In the City of Yakima, it's illegal to park your motor home outside of a designated mobile home park. It's a criminal citation and can cost you $500.

Inspectors said the crackdown on cleaning up the city will continue with this same intensity throughout the summer.

"If we see a property that's really overgrown, garbage, all kinds of debris on it, trailers, we will attack that one at a time," said Joe Caruso, Yakima's Code Administration Manager.

The results of last year's Citizen Survey showed that people are unhappy with Yakima's appearance. The city has been working hard ever since to implement programs like "Community Clean Up Days" and the revitalization of North First Street. The ultimate goal is to improve Yakima's image.