DeKalb County residents can learn how to maintain the upkeep of their neighborhoods at an upcoming community meeting.
The Sept. 19 meeting will focus on code compliance and enforcement, and will be hosted by District 7 Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson and Timothy Hardy, the deputy director of DeKalb County’s code enforcement division.
The department enforces county codes and ordinances related to property maintenance, special land use, signs and permits. For example, it’s a code violation if the grass in your yard grows to more than a foot high.
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The public meeting will take place at 6 p.m. next Thursday at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, located at 3181 Rainbow Dr. in Decatur. Residents will learn about the most common code violations, how to report them and how to participate in weekly “clean sweeps” aimed at beautifying communities.
“Code enforcement is a critical component in residents engaging in the collective stewardship of our communities,” Cochran-Johnson said in a statement. “It’s imperative for everyone to understand that being in compliance with property maintenance and building codes is vital to community development and enhancing property values.”
Hardy said proper code enforcement depends on residents taking an active role in caring for their neighborhoods.
“Code compliance depends on DeKalb residents to be the eyes of the community,” he said.
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