380 Constitution Way
Code Enforcement Officers have two primary functions. First, they investigate complaints of violations of city ordinances. These include accumulation of litter and debris, unlicensed and nonfunctional vehicles, abandoned appliances, home occupations, signs, etc. The abatement process typically involves an inspection of the property followed by a formal request to the property owner or tenant to remove the violations. If the owners or tenants do not comply they will receive a misdemeanor citation with fines as high as $1,000, plus court costs, plus up to six months in jail per violation.
Second, with the help of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds provided by Housing and Urban Development (HUD), code enforcement has initiated a neighborhood cleanup campaign. During the spring and summer months, fliers explaining City Codes and instructions for the cleanup are distributed to each resident in a particular neighborhood. That neighborhood is then provided with two 30-yard dumpsters for a week. Residents may deposit junk, debris, tree clippings, etc. that may have been accumulating in their yards. Following the cleanup, the entire neighborhood is inspected for violations.
Code enforcement plays an important role in maintaining healthy, attractive neighborhoods. A deteriorating neighborhood quickly becomes a magnet for serious crime. A decaying neighborhood diminishes the quality of life for the majority of citizens because of the constant barrage of petty crimes and disorder problems. When combating petty crimes, it has been proven that more serious crimes are reduced. Code enforcement strives to work with neighborhood groups and other organizations as partners in their endeavor to preserve our community’s neighborhoods. The residents must be involved as both the “eyes and ears” to prevent and solve crimes.