Knoxville codes enforcement officers sweep Marble City

Knoxville codes enforcement officers sweep Marble City

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Inspectors with the Knoxville Codes Enforcement Office were out sweeping through streets and alleys in the Marble City neighborhood Thursday looking for potential code violations. Inspectors with the Knoxville Codes Enforcement Office were out sweeping through streets and alleys in the Marble City neighborhood Thursday looking for potential code violations.
Neighborhood Codes Enforcement Manager Robert Moyers is just one of six inspectors looking for blighted properties, overgrown lawns, illegal dumping and abandoned vehicles. Neighborhood Codes Enforcement Manager Robert Moyers is just one of six inspectors looking for blighted properties, overgrown lawns, illegal dumping and abandoned vehicles.
Property owners will now have about ten days form the notice to correct the issues, before the inspectors return and begin issuing citations. Property owners will now have about ten days form the notice to correct the issues, before the inspectors return and begin issuing citations.
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Inspectors with the Knoxville Codes Enforcement Office were out sweeping through streets and alleys in the Marble City neighborhood Thursday looking for potential code violations.

Neighborhood Codes Enforcement Manager Robert Moyers is just one of six inspectors looking for blighted properties, overgrown lawns, illegal dumping and abandoned vehicles.

"It's primarily an informational meeting," said Moyers. "We walk around. We try to engage the neighbors. We talk to them. Leave them informational brochures and tell them of possible code violations."

The hope is through that education, some of these issues can be turned around before they get out of control.

"We know that abandoned, blighted properties produce lower property values to adjacent properties," said Moyers. "Nobody wants to live next door to a lot that's full of tires or has grass that's ten feet tall."

Moyers says in some cases it's not only an aesthetic issue, but a safety issue as well.

"Illegal dumping you get a lot of trash on properties that increases fire load in homes, vermin infestation, rats like tall grass and you get mosquito problems in the summertime," said Moyers.

Property owners will now have about ten days form the notice to correct the issues, before the inspectors return and begin issuing citations.

If you would like more information about codes enforcement or would like to request a sweep in your neighborhood you can go to the city's website or call 311.

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