Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Why Do We Enforce Our Codes?

By Mayor Russ Wall

Sometimes I get asked why our code enforcement officers are giving tickets for things people are doing on their private property. Other times I get asked why we don’t do more to enforce the laws and ordinances that we have adopted to keep our city looking nice. 

When ordinances are established, there is a fine line between property rights and affecting other people’s rights and property values. We are always trying to balance this and in doing so, find many reasons why enforcing our ordinances is a good thing.

For example, if your neighbor let weeds in their front yard grow six inches tall, parked their car on their grass (or weeds) or let their garbage litter their property, it would affect the neighborhood. Statistically speaking, crime increases in neighborhoods where property is not kept up, property values would certainly decline, and rodents or other pests may invade surrounding areas.

We want to keep the city looking nice to protect all residents. Enforcing our ordinances not only helps with property values and decreases crimes, but it enhances our economic development efforts as we try to attract high quality businesses here. 

Thank you to those of you who take the time to follow the ordinances and keep your property looking nice. To those who struggle, please help your neighbors by taking the initiative to improve your property. It benefits everyone.

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