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City begins enforcing new code regulations

Jul. 02, 2013 @ 10:40 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington code enforcement officers issued seven on-the-spot citations and mailed an additional eight Tuesday during their first day of enforcing a new set of laws intended to eliminate external sanitation violations such as trash, junk storage, graffiti, weeds and tall grass.

Huntington Police Sgt. Darin Dempsey, who oversees the new code enforcement unit, expects the daily number to increase as code enforcement officers get used to their new duties. Dempsey noted that new code enforcement officer Joe Holderby was shadowing longtime officer John Baker on Tuesday. Once Holderby gets accustomed to the work, their output could double, Dempsey said. The Police Department also has submitted grant applications for an additional two code enforcement officers.

The addresses of the properties that received citations Tuesday were not immediately available.

The new ordinances and additional code enforcement officer are the next phase of a multi-pronged effort to clean up Huntington's neighborhoods. The city preceded the zero-tolerance policy launched Monday with a comprehensive spring cleanup campaign that netted more than 1,800 tons of trash.

City Council adopted an ordinance in March targeting household furniture on front porches, and Mayor Steve Williams was successful in receiving approval from the state Municipal Home Rule Board to issue on-the-spot citations for external sanitation and other common nuisance violations.

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