Code Enforcement works closely with residents and business owners to ensure that property within the City is properly maintained, and that it does not detract from the aesthetics of the neighborhoods or commercial districts. Since safety within the City is paramount, the Codes Officer works closely with numerous George West City Departments to ensure that each structure and property meets minimum safety requirements. The desired result is to provide a safe environment and inspire pride in the community.
Addressing code compliance and property maintenance issues with the public requires tact and diplomacy. Citizens or business owners are notified of the violation through courtesy phone calls, face-to-face conversations, letters to property owners. Fortunately, most citizens are appreciative of the gentle reminder or notification process and take corrective action in the time allotted. However, in some cases, a firm written warning is necessary. It is important for the public to know that State laws provide that a property owner, once notified, has 10 days to correct an issue. Therefore, patience is required. If repeated written warnings are issued with little or no effort by the property owner, a court citation is issued.
The code issues that the City deals with are not unlike most communities–alleyways, easements, garbage/ debris issues, No Permit violations, overhanging trees, high weeds/grass, junk vehicles and parking on front lawns. Trees, shrubs, and high weeds and grass are predominant issues.