This division is committed to provide a clean, safe, sanitary and healthy environment for all of the citizens by enforcing the City Codes on property upkeep. The areas of concern are grass and weeds (taller than 10 inches), trash and rubbish, inoperable vehicles, parking on grass in front yard and home occupations.
Once a complaint is received, a search for the property owner is conducted and a certified letter is sent giving the owner 7 days from the receipt of the letter to correct the violation. If, after 7 days, the violation has not been corrected, a citation is issued and a court date is set. The Judge will either give additional time to complete the clean up or will impose a fine. If the property owner lives out of town and the 7 days passes with nothing being done, the City will then perform the clean up and charge the owners for the work accomplished. If the owner does not pay then a lien will be placed on their tax records.
Derelict / Abandoned Property
This division also works with the Building Inspector to identify derelict and abandoned houses. Once a property has been identified as unsafe/unsanitary, a certified letter is sent to the property owner stating that the structure is in disrepair and they have 60 days from the receipt of the letter to bring the building up to code or it will be condemned. After the 60 days has expired, a resolution condemning the property will be presented to the City Council. Once condemned, the property owner will be notified that it has been condemned and that they have 30 days to have the structure demolished. After the 30 days has expired and nothing has been done, the City then has the right to go on the property and perform the demolition. The cost of the demolition will then be billed to the property owner and if not paid, a lien will be placed against the property.