FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR
I wanted to open this quarter's public works article by thanking all residents that maintain their property and do their part to keep property values up. Your efforts are appreciated and help to further our goal of making our city look its best.
Unfortunately, we continue to see an increase in tenants/owners who fail to comply with standards set forth in Section 215.110. One of the most important points to take away from this section is to keep grass cut and trimmed so it does not exceed 7 inches. If your property is not properly maintained, citations can be issued to tenants/owners. Compliance to standards has the ability to positively or negatively affect our city as a whole. Poorly maintained properties are an eyesore and can draw rats which can lower property values and steal resources otherwise used for citywide projects. In the case of vacant properties, or absent owners, a special lien may be applied to the property if the city has to cut or trim to maintain compliance of said property. Even though we make attempts to contact absent property owners, it is the city who often takes responsibility for the upkeep of the property. Time spent maintaining someone's private property takes time away from our Public Works employees otherwise used to improve our buildings and streets. Thus, any information you can provide about an owner, family, or relative, or any contact information for a vacant property, please contact City Hall or myself. Any information could help and is appreciated.
Keeping fence lines tidy, along with keeping grass cut, goes hand in hand with achieving the aesthetic and function we would like to maintain in our city. The fence between you and your neighbor might belong to either party, but it is best to avoid any vegetation in contact with the fence on either side. A general rule to follow is a mowers width on each side of the fence. Vegetation in contact with the fence causes damage, disputes, and can prevent certain Utilities from doing their jobs. We have made much progress in this undertaking, but honeysuckle, ivy, kudzu, and poison ivy are tenacious and require a great amount of attention. So, thank you for your continued efforts!
Lastly, I would like to draw attention to Section 400.250 of our Municipal Code that references Home Occupations. This section is part of Chapter 400 Zoning Regulations and spells out the criteria for Home Occupations, which is a business run out of your home. Zoning is a fundamental organization of uses within the city, meant to create a citywide balance and harmony. Problems can arise when businesses operate in residential districts that are not suited for them. The regulations are listed in this newsletter for your convenience. If you are operating a business from your home, please take the time to review this section of the code to see if you are in compliance. Aside from residential property, there are facilities in the area available for smaller businesses to keep their equipment safe and ready to roll while providing for proper maintenance of equipment, and within city regulation. This would avoid citations and possible costs from the city while improving the neighborhood.
You can find all the Municipal Codes on the City website; woodsonterrace.net. Please call or email me with comments, questions, or requests for additional information.
Director Public Works
Director Public Works