There's responsibility to owning a home, building or business.
As homeowners, we're supposed to be keeping our lawns maintained and sidewalks clear of snow and ice. We also need to keep our building structures looking presentable.
In Mitchell, we need code enforcement. Generally speaking, we all want what's best for the city, but some people need a reminder of the importance of cosmetics for the betterment of our city. Simply put, we can't have residential neighborhoods overrun with decrepit structures and unmowed lawns, right?
Same goes for Mitchell's Main Street.
Generally speaking, the building owners on Main Street want what's best for downtown.
It was earlier this month that The Daily Republic moved to Main Street. It's tourist season now, and we see buses, campers and visitors each day cruising along the street. Anyone who says Mitchell's Main Street is dead is just dead wrong. First Fridays are a wild success, the monthly food truck lunches are outstanding and the Corn Palace Plaza is a wonderful hangout spot for tourists.
For Mitchell to succeed, we need downtown success.
That's why we need code enforcement downtown. The city is working with business owners to find a fair compromise if their structures aren't meeting guidelines. A story in Saturday's edition of The Daily Republic showed some of the difficulties downtown business owners are having abiding by the city's nuisance code.
We wish it were easier and less expensive to renovate and remodel these aging buildings. It isn't always easy — but there is always responsibility.
Each person who goes into business or owns a Main Street structure should know the importance of being a good neighbor, just like with owning a home. We've had some nice downtown successes in the past couple years, and we know more will be coming with the Business Improvement District funds that are growing.
We hope rather than complaining or digging their feet into the sand, Main Street business owners who need to update their structure will buy in to the benefits for both themselves and the overall health of the community. The city, as mentioned in the Saturday story, is absolutely willing to work with property owners who are willing to make improvements, even if it's at a slower pace than set forth in the nuisance code.
A few gentle pushes and good oversight of Main Street are what we need to keep the downtown a solid destination place.
If we don't have that, all the walls may come crumbling down.