Once again, citizens of Modesto have not been given adequate notice of what is on the council agenda. I read an editorial ("Cities need rules, help with abandoned homes") in the The Bee on Oct. 8 regarding vacant properties. I have spoken with many homeowners and the idea of boarding up windows is not a viable solution. The stigma of boarded-up windows supersedes any stigma of overgrown yards.
I only hope before this is passed the citizens of Modesto will be given notice so they are able to attend the council meeting. While I agree this issue is in need of a resolution, boarding up windows would only decrease property values and make it even more difficult to sell the property.