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Thursday, February 3, 2011 Free Press Page 7 Cheney c{),]e enforcement implements patrol sect )rs, 00chedule By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter Cheney&apos;s code enforcement officer is easy to spot. He drives around in a big white truck la- beled with red letters. Cheney residents will be see- ing that truck on a more regular basis starting this month. En- forcement officer Jeff Smick will be driving the truck through each of four sectors of the city on set weeks every month. Community Development director Brian Jennings said the new system provides more regularity and makes reporting suspected violations easier for citizens. Previously Jennings said Smick patrolled the city daily and addressed concerns that were submitted to the city. "I think this is a far better approach than just waiting," Jen- nings said. "We want to be out in the community making sure we're addressing the issues." Junk left in yards, lack of yard maintenance and issues relating to absentee property owners-like occupancy and "I don't think it will completely eradicate ev- ery property maintenance issue, but we'll have more visibility and more accountability to the neighborhoods." Cheney Community Development director Brian Jennings general property maintenance- have been issues in Cheney in the past. Jennings said the city has a responsibility to address such code violations on private properties. "We want to focus on those things that drive down property values of adjacent properties," he said. The new enforcement sched- +ule, which began Feb. 1, is the next step in the city's efforts to get tough on code enforcement. In March 2010, City Council voted to implement a civil infrac- tion process for code violators, which allowed the city to issue a ticket if violations were not abated. Jennings said he hoped the new scheduled patrols would make more residents aware that the city does work to clean up nuisances. The sector-based system cur- rently breaks the city into four parts: southwestern Cheney will see patrols the first week of each month, the downtown and college area of the city will be patrolled the second week neigh- borhoods north of Elm Street and west of North Sixth Street will be patrolled the third week and the rest of the neighborhoods to the northeast will be patrolled the + last week of the month. Jennings said the system might need to be tweaked in the coming months depending on the time it takes to patrol each street in the sectors. While residents can still contact the city to report possible violations, Jennings said they are encouraged to stop and talk to Smick if they see him on patrol. "It will also hopefully provide more connection with those indi- vidual neighborhoods," he said. 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