Havelock approves minimum building maintenance standards

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM.

Marlene Lynch has been working to help clean up the Woodhaven subdivision in which she lives.

Now she’s happy she has formal support from the city.

Havelock’s Board of Commissioners approved new minimum building maintenance standards during its meeting Monday night.

Scott Chase, the city’s former planning director who drafted the new standards, described the regulations as a "super ordinance" that would allow the city to go beyond high grass and weeds in demanding that property owners take reasonable care of their homes and yards.

"I fully support Scott’s efforts to try to clean up the city because we’ve been working closely with him since we started a neighborhood watch in Woodhaven to clean up our area," Lynch said during a public hearing before commissioners voted on the new rules.

Lynch said rental homes were falling into disrepair and bringing down property values in the area.

"Together with the neighbors, we have all reported to the city any of those buildings that have been depreciating, the high grass, the trash that’s bringing in the rodents, the snakes, shingles falling off, shutters that are down," Lynch said.

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