Property maintenance program pushed in Grove City

By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor

Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage has tasked the city’s administration to reduce and eliminate property maintenance violations with voluntary compliance.

To complete this undertaking, the Grove City Building Division has laid out its 2024 property maintenance inspection program that aims to protect the health and safety of the city’s residents and visitors, and the livability of the community, by assuring compliance with city codes.

The property maintenance initiatives include a public educational awareness program and a city-wide Operation Clean Sweep inspection program, as well as hotel and motel inspections.

According to Kevin Teaford, the city’s safety director, last year more than 16,000 parcels in the city were checked during Operation Clean Sweep and just over 2 percent required a notice of violation.

“Over 94 percent had no violations at all,” said Teaford.

City officials said proper upkeep not only enhances property values, but it also creates a safer and more thriving community.

According to the Grove City Building Division common code violations include:

•Yard Maintenance – Property owners are responsible for the upkeep of yards and the right-of-way adjacent to their property.

•Inoperative Motor Vehicles – Any vehicle not fully road worthy may be classified as inoperative. Examples include: one or more flat tires, up on blocks or without a current license tag.

•Parking – Parking within a residential yard is prohibited, all vehicles and trailers must be parked entirely within the driveway or garage.

•Sidewalks and Driveways – All sidewalks, walkways, stairs, driveways, parking spaces and similar areas shall be kept in a proper state of repair and maintained free from hazardous conditions.

•Outdoor Storage – Equipment, materials or furnishings ordinarily not used outdoors may not be stored outdoors.

•Illegal Dwelling Units – Dwelling units added to the interior or exterior of a structure without proper permits are illegal regardless of how long they have existed.

•Building Maintenance – Siding, shingles and other exterior parts must be in good repair. Interior walls, ceilings, floors, and other structures must also be in good repair. Electrical, heating, and plumbing fixtures must meet minimum standards.

•Commercial Equipment – Commercial equipment and vehicles cannot be parked or stored in a residential area unless they are in a fully enclosed structure.

•Trash and Debris – Yards must be clear of all debris including auto parts, furniture, trash, tires, building materials, tree trimmings and any other material.

Grove City councilwoman Melissa Anderson suggested that homeowners take advantage of the warmer weather by inspecting the landscaping of their property.

“There are safety issues that can result from the lack of property maintenance,” said Anderson.

For residents who need assistance with property maintenance, Anderson suggested the Lend a Helping Hand program, which connects volunteers with qualifying residents who need help keeping their property safe and in compliance.

In this program, community volunteers will help their neighbors with tasks like mowing, weeding, painting, and even minor repairs on gutters, awnings, siding, and fencing.

For more information on the Lend and Helping Hand program or questions about property maintenance, contact the Grove City Building Division at 614-277-3075.

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