City forms committee to enforce codes

PORTERDALE - A newly established internal code enforcement committee will help city officials address code violations, City Manager Tom Fox told the City Council on Thursday night.

Fox said the internal code enforcement committee is designed to use existing personnel to reduce the number of code violations in the city.

"The idea is not to go out and write a bunch of tickets but to get people to comply," Fox told the council at the Thursday work session.

Under the new plan, the city will be divided into five districts, Fox explained. The committee will do its work in three phases.

Phase I will involve city personnel identifying problems and then prioritizing them.

Phase II, Fox said, will involve educating the public on the violations by distributing fliers in utility bills and through other means. This phase will likely take 30 to 60 days.

Phase III will be the enforcement phase.

Fox said he, Public Works Director Robert Witcher, Building Inspector Monty Hill and Police Chief Wayne Digby will comprise the committee. They will meet weekly, he said, and make a monthly report to the council on their progress.

"It's going to take a while to address this," Fox said, "but I think consistency is the key."