With the restructuring of the City of Delta's community development department, code enforcement and animal control are moving back to the police department.
The transition also coincides with the retirement of code enforcement/animal control officer Roger Christian. Mark Bowen is now handling those duties. He can be reached at the Delta Police Department, 874-7676.
Bowen was previously the code enforcement and animal control officer for the community of Telluride. He is certified through Colorado Code Enforcement Officers Association and has completed Module A of the National Animal Control & Humane Officer (NACHO) Academy through Code 3 Associates.
Bowen is a 2002 graduate of Montrose High School. He lives in Olathe with his wife and four children. He is also a volunteer firefighter and EMS driver with the Olathe Volunteer Fire Department.
DPD Chief Luke Fedler said he is in complete agreement with the decision by city manager David Torgler to move code enforcement and animal control back to the police department. "I'm not sure why it was moved in the first place," the chief said. "They go hand-in-hand."
As readers of the law enforcement blotter have likely noticed, Bowen is being very proactive to address junk, littering, long-term occupancy of travel trailers and dogs at large.
According to the city code, travel homes may be occupied as temporary dwellings on private property for a period not to exceed 30 days in any calendar year. Any travel home used in this manner must be located within the minimum setback requirements for the district in which it is placed.
Concerning the keeping of junk, the code states the junk must be totally enclosed within a building, screened by a fence or other enclosure, or kept within a receptacle for such purpose with a tight-fitting lid.
"Junk" shall include but not be limited to discarded, unusable or broken machinery, appliances, furniture, furnishings, or sporting equipment; used building or construction materials; inoperable motor vehicles; vehicles without current license plates; vehicles which do not comply with safety equipment requirements
of state law; and all other items commonly known as junk.
An item may be both "junk" and "litter" as defined in the city code.
"We're happy to work with folks," said Fedler, "but we do want to see some sort of progress."
Bowen's office is located in the police department. He is on duty from 8 to 5 Monday-Friday. On evenings and weekends, citizens can call dispatch for assistance. In an emergency, a law enforcement officer will respond.
The police department is also handling the licensing of dogs and cats as required by city code, Fedler added.
The animal shelter, which is housed in a city-owned building, will continue to operate under contract with TAILS. That contract provides temporary shelter accommodations for any animals picked up by the animal control officer.