Officer John Britton has been with the Superior Police Department for 12 years. During the past year the Town of Superior Staff and Council have been working with the Business Attraction and Retention (BAR) a program within the Superior Chamber of Commerce to implement a strategy that helps to develop a diverse economy for Superior.
One of the main tasks that has been recommended by the contracted economic development experts has been to continue to clean up the town and tackle the problems of blighted properties. Much has been accomplished through the paint program, and the Town Council recently adopted a “Clean and Lien” program and also ramped up code enforcement and animal control efforts. In order to continue developing these efforts and manage an effective strategy the Town of Superior has moved Officer John Britton into a Community Liaison Officer – Code Enforcement.
Officer Britton works the day to day efforts of code enforcement. He remains a sworn police officer for the Town and the main focus of his duties include handing code enforcement, animal control and other community policing efforts. Each week of the month, Officer Britton visits one of the four quadrants of town to check for code violations. Any violations he discovers are then issued a warning, and each warning receives 30 days to repair or improve on the violation. Those who do not respond to the warnings are then ticketed. He attempts to help local residents connect with resources so they can resolve code violations.
In the 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget the Superior Town Council voted to allocate funds to the “Clean and Lien” program. This budgetary allocation will allow the Town to go in an clean properties that have been abandoned. Weeds will be cut, the house will receive a base coat of paint and secure view windows and doors will be installed to help improve the appearance of the house. Once the property is cleaned, a lien will be placed on the property for the cost of the clean up. The town hopes to “Clean and Lien” several homes this year. Many members of the BAR-Blight Committee will be the volunteer manpower to support the “Clean and Lien” program.
In addition to working on code enforcement he also visits the schools to work with the youth and teachers at the school. He serves on the BAR-Blight Committee that helps to organize community clean up days and he is also working with the Humane Society to bring pet ownership education to the local schools.
Officer Britton can be reached by phone or in person at Town Hall. Code complaints can also be given directly to him, as needed. Recently his office has been re-located into the reception office at Town Hall.