Maplewood officials are set to vote on Tuesday on a ‘release and settlement agreement’ between the city and Rosetta Watson, who had her city occupancy permit stripped after being declared a nuisance under the city’s nuisance ordinance. The ACLU filed a suit against the city in her behalf. City officials are also set to vote on an amendment to the city’s nuisance ordinance, cited in denying Watson her permit to live in the city.
Per the ACLU: “Between September 2011 and February 2012, Rosetta Watson’s former boyfriend punched her, shoved her, choked her, and refused to leave her property, resulting in calls to the police on four occasions. Based on these four incidents, and even though city officials were aware that Ms. Watson was the victim of repeated domestic violence, Maplewood found that Ms. Watson was a nuisance, revoked her occupancy permit, denied her a new permit for 180 days, effectively banishing her from the city.”
The amendment to the ordinance, to be voted on at the Tuesday meeting, was agreed to by the ACLU and the city of Maplewood, the agenda says.
Below: from the city’s nuisance ordinance (Article VII), items noted being ‘intentionally deleted’ in the copy being voted on:
Also this, to be added:
Council members received a red-lined copy showing changes to the amendment. The red line changes aren’t shown on the agenda.
Also in the agenda: approving funds to buy two speed humps for Marietta Avenue, funds for three new police vehicles and two city administrative vehicles, and final council action on the Community Improvement District for the Maplewood Redevelopment Sunnen Station Project.