City socks True Life with stiff fines for course's condition

Posted: June 11, 2018 / Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News

The True Life Companies has been hit with more than four dozen citations that could cost the developer more than $330,000 in fines for failing to properly maintain the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course.

The developer already is on the hook for $20,000 in fines after it was found guilty of leaving the defunct 101-acre site in a shoddy state for months earlier this year.

But that Municipal Court action apparently did nothing to make the company change its practice.

City code compliance officers issued 66 citations – 33 on each for each of the two Lakes course parcels.

Each citation contains two violations – one for uncut and dry grass and weeds, dead trees and the other for accumulated litter and debris. The violations cover inspectors’ observations of the site between April 23 and May 25. A June 20 arraignment has been set.

Some Lakes homeowners have expressed concern that the dry brush and trees –– besides creating an eyesore – also pose a fire hazard that threatens homes near the course.

The mandatory minimum fine for each violation is $500, but code compliance officers already have told city Councilman Sal DiCiccio’s staff that they will seek “enhanced fines” because of True Life’s apparent refusal to clean up the site.

In the last round of court cases, inspectors convinced a judge to quadruple the $250 minimum fine for each of 20 violations filed against True Life for conditionms that prevailed at the course late last year.

Those fines have not been paid.

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