Code enforcement educates public and issues citations
Homeowner receiving citation for trash in yard
DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -
Code enforcement and
Douglas police officers went through neighborhoods Tuesday night to educate the
"I'm with code
enforcement, come by to talk with you, we have some code violations," said
Roger Goddard, code enforcement officer, Douglas Code Enforcement, Planning
They also issued citations
to code violators.
"We spoke with you
last week about getting this cleaned up, and unfortunately we will have to
issue a citation for it," said Goddard.
And they're doing it all
to cut down on crime.
enforcement goes hand in hand with crime prevention, and if we can get the
overgrowth and the vacant properties taken care of, we believe there can be a
reduction of crime, therefore there will be nowhere for criminals to hide,"
They were looking for
overgrown yards. They were also making
sure people understand stricter animal control and garbage ordinances that
recently went into effect.
"On animal control
issues we look for has the dog had proper vaccinations, does it have a rabies
collar, does it have proper shelter to get in and out of inclement weather, and
on the trash issue we look at your leaf and yard limb pile, mainly just for
your yard to breathe, make sure it's not contaminated so the public works
department can pick it up," said Rogers.
Valerie Smith got a
warning because she had too many cars in her yard, but she appreciates what
the city is doing.
"At least they
telling everybody what they got to do, they aint just being ugly, they telling
everybody what they got to do," said Valerie Smith, owner.
But not everyone responded
"Law screwed up, why
we pay all of this here in garbage disposal and trash and stuff, $30 a month
for nothing," said one homeowner that was issued a citation.
Code enforcers say following the rules is lot
more affordable than paying fines for violations that could run into the
Code enforcement officers
say they will be out again Thursday evening looking for more violators and
issuing more citations. They hit more than 200 homes Tuesday and they told us
they think it was a successful effort.