THE CITY OF WILMINGTON currently has no code enforcement officer, and no efficient way to ensure tall grass and weeds are addressed. The council is assigning funds in this year’s budget to hire a part-time code enforcement officer. This foreclosed home is located in the 600 block of South Outer Drive.
The grass at an abandoned home in the 600 block of South Outer Drive was pushing the 24-inch mark; the neighbors have called city hall to complain, but the greenery kept growing.
The city of Wilmington is currently without a code enforcement officer, who would be responsible for identifying the owner of the property and making sure it is maintained, and city officials are trying to budget this year for a salary that would permit them to hire a part-time code official.
Building inspector Chuck Keslin from Keslin Engineering told the members of the License and Ordinance Committee this month that he could provide code enforcement services until the city had its own code official in place.
Until the council is ready to put a code official on the staff roster, Keslin is reviewing what the city ordinances set forth concerning the duties of the enforcement officer, trying to determine how permits should be handled and gaining input from the aldermen about how they would like city code enforcement to be handled - on a complaint basis as it is now, or a bit more rigorously - and what processes should be set to ensure violations are fully addressed.
Read more on this topic in the Wednesday, June 25, 2014 print and online editions of The Free Press Advocate.