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Ontario mayor wins suit against his own city over nuisance citations

Ontario Mayor Riley Hill. (The Enterprise/ANGELINA KATSANIS)

ONTARIO – Ontario Mayor Riley Hill has won his case against the city of Ontario and will not have to pay the $500 fine levied on his company for violating city nuisance laws.

Eldorado Investments Inc. was fined for the unkempt state of a property on Southeast 11th Avenue.

The mayor’s legal action against the city resulted in close scrutiny of the system the city used to keep derelict cars, garbage and weeds under control. The city suspended its penalties for violations and a new committee is examining how to reform the system.

The drama surrounding the fine has dragged on for more than a year and cost the city more than $8,000 in legal fees, according to City Manager Adam Brown.   

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