Crackdown on Code Violations in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - A hard nosed approach to code enforcement policy has one city cracking down on violations.

The City of Hot Springs made code violations a priority a couple years ago and officials say it's working.

Officials say if someone is in violation a notice is written immediately. While writing tickets is not the goal, they won't hesitate, especially for repeat offenders.

"We will - definitely will," said Chief Building Official and Administrator for Neighborhood Services, Mike Scott. "We always seek compliance. Just now we seek compliance and you don't have very much time to get into compliance before that citation is written."

The city points to one home in particular on Cones Road that officials say has had  a positive impact on the area where people have begun to take more pride in their property.

The city budgeted for two additional personnel this year to bring its neighborhood services team to six.

The heightened code enforcement efforts consist of a partnership with District Court, the Hot Springs Police Department and Solid Waste.

HSPD now has a dedicated officer reporting daily to Neighborhood Services, providing support to their efforts and response to code violations.

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