Middletown 'beautification' outdoor home inspections sweeps begin (2024)

ARREST HAS BEEN MADE UP TO THIS POINT. ALL RIGHT, SO HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, IF YOU LIVE IN MIDDLETOWN, PREPARE FOR SOME VISITORS SOMETIME BEFORE THE END OF SEPTEMBER. YEAH, THE CITY IS STARTING A SERIES OF CODE ENFORCEMENT SWEEPS TO HOMES THROUGHOUT THE CITY. THEY’RE LOOKING FOR VIOLATIONS. WLWT NEWS FIVE’S GIACOMO LUCA IS LIVE AT MIDDLETOWN CITY HALL WITH THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PROPERTY OWNERS TO REALLY GET THEIR THEIR LAND IN ORDER. GIACOMO. YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT. STEVE AND OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS, CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ARE GOING TO BE HEADING NEIGHBORHOOD BY NEIGHBORHOOD TO CONDUCT THOSE INSPECTIONS. THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS IS TO MAKE THE WHOLE COMMUNITY JUST LOOK BETTER. THIS IS SOMETHING NEIGHBORS TELL ME IS MUCH NEEDED IN THE AREA. CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING FOR NUISANCE, UH, AS WELL AS DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE VIOLATIONS. THIS IS GOING TO ALL BE DONE FROM SIDEWALKS, DRIVEWAYS AND ALLEYWAYS. SO THINGS IN PUBLIC VIEW, SOME OF THE MOST COMMON FORMS OF VIOLATIONS TALL GRASS, TRASH AND OVERGROWN TREES AND SHRUBS. MIDDLETOWN NEIGHBORS I SPOKE WITH SAY CURB APPEAL CAN REALLY GO A LONG WAY. AND IT’S FRUSTRATING FOR SOME WHO HAVE TO SEE THESE ISSUES EVERY DAY. WELL, IF YOU CAN JUST TAKE A LOOK OVER THERE AT THAT HOUSE, YOU’LL SEE EXACTLY WHY. UH, WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT DON’T TAKE CARE OF THEIR PROPERTIES. UH, IT’S IT’S NEEDED. UH, IT PLACES LIKE THAT BRING DOWN OUR, OUR PROPERTY VALUES FOR PEOPLE THAT DO TAKE CARE OF THEIR PLACES. WE HAVE A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR THE MOST PART. AND PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF THEIR PLACES, EXCEPT FOR A SELECT FEW. SO I HOPE THEY DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. AND THE CITY OF MIDDLETOWN SAYS THOSE WHO ARE FOUND IN VIOLATION WILL RECEIVE A NOTICE. MOST PROPERTY OWNERS WILL HAVE. BETWEEN 7 AND 30 DAYS TO MAKE THOSE REPAIRS BEFORE RECEIVING ANY TYPE OF ACTION, LIKE A FINE OR POTENTIALLY A COURT SUMMONS. MEANWHILE, COMING UP IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR ON NEWS TO GO, WE’LL HAVE THE LATEST ON WAYS AND PROGRAMS AVAILABLE HERE IN MIDDLETOWN TO HELP HOMEOWNERS MAKE THOSE REPAIRS. WE’RE LIVE

Code enforcement officials in Middletown, Ohio, will begin a two-month series of sweeps at properties across the city. Officials will move neighborhood by neighborhood across the city from now until Sept. 13 to inspect residential, commercial and industrial properties for violations of the city's nuisance, development and maintenance rules. "This code enforcement sweep is the latest effort in Middletown’s commitment to the beautification of the City and making Middletown a better place to live, work and play," Clayton Castle, a Middletown city spokesperson, said in a statement. From July 8 to July 19, the city's five code enforcement specialists will inspect properties in the Airport/Riverfront, Harlan Park, Downtown, Church, Oakland, Lakeside and Roselawn neighborhoods in District One. Officials will continue districtwide sweeps through Sept. 13. Some of the most common violations include overgrown grass, trees and shrubs. Beat-up sidewalks, damaged porches, and trash are other common violations, according to the city of Middletown. Code enforcement will inspect properties from sidewalks, alleyways or driveways. They will not be using drones and will not be entering homes. If a property is found in violation, a notice will be posted at the property. Most property owners will have between seven and 30 days to address the concerns before facing fines or a notice to appear in court. The city of Middletown has also launched a program to help homeowners make necessary repairs to the exterior of their homes. Starting in mid-to-late July, homeowners who live West of Breiel Boulevard in Middletown will be eligible to apply for up to a $8,500 grant on a first-come, first-served basis. Property owners who qualify will be eligible to receive half the funds to make the repairs right away. The other 50% will be paid out as reimbursem*nt once the project is completed and verified. Middletown is also hosting a "Summer Trash Bash" citywide community cleanup event at three locations on Saturday, July 13. Property owners will be able to bring trash, furniture and tires to discarded.

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio —

Code enforcement officials in Middletown, Ohio, will begin a two-month series of sweeps at properties across the city.

Officials will move neighborhood by neighborhood across the city from now until Sept. 13 to inspect residential, commercial and industrial properties for violations of the city's nuisance, development and maintenance rules.

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"This code enforcement sweep is the latest effort in Middletown’s commitment to the beautification of the City and making Middletown a better place to live, work and play," Clayton Castle, a Middletown city spokesperson, said in a statement.

From July 8 to July 19, the city's five code enforcement specialists will inspect properties in the Airport/Riverfront, Harlan Park, Downtown, Church, Oakland, Lakeside and Roselawn neighborhoods in District One. Officials will continue districtwide sweeps through Sept. 13.

Some of the most common violations include overgrown grass, trees and shrubs. Beat-up sidewalks, damaged porches, and trash are other common violations, according to the city of Middletown.

Code enforcement will inspect properties from sidewalks, alleyways or driveways. They will not be using drones and will not be entering homes.

If a property is found in violation, a notice will be posted at the property. Most property owners will have between seven and 30 days to address the concerns before facing fines or a notice to appear in court.

The city of Middletown has also launched a program to help homeowners make necessary repairs to the exterior of their homes. Starting in mid-to-late July, homeowners who live West of Breiel Boulevard in Middletown will be eligible to apply for up to a $8,500 grant on a first-come, first-served basis.

Property owners who qualify will be eligible to receive half the funds to make the repairs right away. The other 50% will be paid out as reimbursem*nt once the project is completed and verified.

Middletown is also hosting a "Summer Trash Bash" citywide community cleanup event at three locations on Saturday, July 13. Property owners will be able to bring trash, furniture and tires to discarded.

Middletown 'beautification' outdoor home inspections sweeps begin (2024)
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