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Grandview's newly adopted property maintenance code will streamline enforcement

GRANDVIEW - Following a slideshow presentation and a recommendation from Code Enforcement Officer Cory Taylor, the Grandview City Council adopted the 2006 version of the International Property Maintenance Code.

The code applies to all areas of property maintenance, versus Grandview's former codes, which were split up in different areas. For example, exterior areas were addressed in section eight. Interior areas, plumbing, mechanical and fire codes were all found in different areas in section 15.

"Currently there are many different schedules for violations," Taylor told council. "Adoption of the IPMC would combine the majority of our violations into one schedule."

Taylor said that by having different schedules for violations, "It creates a big mess of paperwork."

With the adoption of the IPMC, he added, "Once the letter goes out, within five days it starts triggering action."

Now that the code has been adopted, when Taylor spots violations, he will post a notice addressing all violations at the residence or try to speak with the owner, if present. The property owner will then have five days to either abate the violations, appeal the notice in writing to Grandview City Council or complete a voluntary correction agreement.

Failure to do so will pave the way for city officials to take action. The city's current voluntary correction agreement has been changed to include abatement by the city when the agreement expires.

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