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Notice to the Citizens of Lorenzo,                                             
I would like to take a moment and address the issue of Code Enforcement.  This issue is often times unpopular; however it is necessary to adhere to the city ordinances and codes to maintain a safe, beautiful, and desirable community.
What is a Code Violation?                                                           
Our neighborhoods are where we live and raise our families. Unsanitary conditions and nuisances can devalue, detract and degrade the worth and quality of any neighborhood. The City of Lorenzo has adopted codes and ordinances which govern the use and maintenance of private property, residential property, and commercial properties.
What is NOT a Code Violation?                                      
There are some neighborhood problems that do not fall under our jurisdiction. In general, we can act on behalf of the public at large; however we cannot take action on behalf of one citizen against another.
Code Enforcement                                             
The City of Lorenzo believes that there is a need to establish minimum standards governing the use, occupancy, condition and maintenance of property, dwellings, buildings, and structures. If left completely unregulated, the failure to properly maintain property can become a threat to public safety and a detriment to property values and the city's general public welfare, as well as create an aesthetic nuisance.  The city adopted a comprehensive property maintenance code in addition to the zoning ordinance, building codes, health code, and fire codes.
While many of the code enforcement issues may seem small, they have a tendency to grow and multiply when not dealt with. When that happens, they become a neighborhood issue and can give the impression that nobody cares about the neighborhood or the condition of the properties. The next thing you know, property values are being affected, criminal activity begins to appear or increase and the quality of life declines.
When problems are identified, the person(s) responsible are issued a Code Enforcement Warning Notice describing the specific violation(s), the corrective action required and a time limit for completion. In most cases, the responsible parties correct the problems as requested.
 When problems are not corrected, citations requiring an appearance in municipal court are issued. For most violations, the ordinances specify that each day a violation exists constitutes a separate offense. This means that the failure to take corrective action in a timely manner may result in multiple citations to court.
Common Problems or Violations
 
•    Junk vehicles
•    Trash, litter and debris
•    Outdoor storage
•    Tall grass and weeds
•    Prohibited signs
•    Graffiti
•    Un-permitted construction
 



 General Procedures of Code Enforcement

1.      The Code Enforcement Officer will investigate the complaint and determine if there is a violation.
2.      In the event there is a violation, the Code Enforcement Officer will attempt to make contact with owner and/or tenant through mail or on site notice. The Owner/Tenant will have 10 days from the date of the letter/on site notice (certain violations may have different time frame), to comply.
3.      The owner/tenant may contact Code Enforcement with any question or concerns regarding the violation during the 10 days.
4.      If the violation has not been brought into compliance after the 10th day, the Code Enforcement Officer will file a citation through the courts. The fines for City ordinance violations are up to $2000 per day for each day the violation exists. Some violations are also considered a misdemeanor in addition to the possible fine. Liens being placed against the property are also possibilities for properties that have repeated violations and/or abatement has occurred.
 
It is not the intent of the City to issue citations, but to gain compliance with city codes for better harmony within the community.  The City of Lorenzo desires to promote community awareness, encourage compliance regarding the city’s codes, enhance the quality of life within the city, and foster civic pride. Enforcement of codes through citations and /or abatement will be a possible means to gain compliance with city codes; however, Our Mission is to attain compliance with city codes through education and cooperation to achieve a cleaner, healthier and safer Lorenzo.


Sincerely,
Henry Benitez, Chief of Police
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