Springfield’s Ordinance Squad Issues Over 100 Citations in the North End
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — For the second time in two weeks, members of the Springfield Police Department Ordinance Squad took to city streets to tackle quality of life issues.
On Friday, the squad set out to several streets in the city’s North End, which were targeted by officers for “habitual offenders to the city’s ordinances,” according to city spokesperson James Leydon.
Streets targeted in Friday’s sweep include:
- Main street
- Sheldon Street
- Jefferson Avenue
- Calhoun Street
- Ringgold Street
- Montmorenci Street
- Massasoit Street
- Massasoit Place
- Church Street
- Grove Street
- East Hooker Street
- Dwight Street
- Grosvenor Street
In total, 103 citations were issued for ordinance violations, including refrigerators left out in the open, unregistered cars, trash, tires, and overgrowth.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno praised the team’s efforts, saying in a statement, “I applaud these efforts by the Flex Squad and the team work exhibited by these city departments to positively affect quality of life issues in the City of Springfield.”
During the sweep, officials also condemned a home at 35 Grove Street, issued parking tickets, moving violations, and abandoned vehicles, and towed away five cars.
The squad also shut down three illegal auto repair facilities, which city officials say were operating at private homes and backyards.
Another ordinance sweep is scheduled for next week in the South End.