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 a neighborhood can combat 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 endeavors to preserve our community's neighborhoods. The residents must be involved as both the "eyes and ears" to prevent and solve crimes.
Our primary function is to help clean up neighborhoods. The following may be violations of city ordinances, and Code Enforcement Officers will work to enforce them:
Accumulation of litter and debris.
Nonlicensed and nonfunctioning vehicles.
Weeds over 10" tall.
Blocking public sidewalks.
Parking on front lawns.
Blocking clear view.
Abandoned vehicles on the street.
And other code violations not listed here.
Violations that are not brought into compliance are subject to fines each day the property is out of compliance. The fine for the first day is $35.00. The second day is $75.00. The third day and any subsequent day is $150.00 per day. Unresolved fees may result in a lien being placed on the property. Unresolved violations may result in a misdemeanor citation.
The "Broken Window" Theory
Think about an old, shut down factory. Someone comes along and throws a rock through a window. How long will it be before all of the windows are smashed out?Experience dictates, not long.
The same theory applies to your neighborhood. If someone paints gang graffiti on a wall and nobody removes it, how long do you think it will be before you see more of it? If someone sells drugs in your neighborhood, and nobody calls the Police, how long will it be before you have a serious drug problem in the area?
If you don't care about your neighborhood, that's where criminals want to be. They like to feel safe to commit crime, and if you don't intervene safe they will feel. Take care of your area. The Police can't do it all. We have to work together. You live here, and we need you to help us keep "here" a nice place to live.