It’s spring cleaning time — for code enforcementWritten by Caitlin McGlade | | firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live near the West Toledo Branch Library, you might open your door today to find a sign hanging from the knob.
It will either praise you or reprimand you for the condition of your property. The signs mark the beginning of Toledo’s first “Spring Sweep,” a program that deploys code inspectors to concentrated neighborhoods to educate homeowners about programs available to improve their properties.
City officials said at a press conference yesterday that the intent is not to punish homeowners who can’t afford to keep their houses well maintained.
“Ultimately it depends on the property owner,” said Chris Zervos, director of inspections for the city. “It’s never been cheap and it’s never been easy to own property but it is the American dream.”
Mayor Mike Bell told reporters that this program is about making neighborhoods great that are “right on the edge of being great.”
Code inspectors will hand out information about a number of government programs that can help fund home improvements, as well as information about discounts at private local businesses.
Prior to this program, many property maintenance code violations were complaint-based, Zervos said. The new effort is a proactive approach.
Code inspectors will conduct the program until June 20. Starting off in the Library Village neighborhood, the crew will later move to Arlington/Burroughs, Secor Gardens, Oakdale/Ravine Park and North Toledo/Point Place areas.