The Code Enforcement Section works diligently with property owners to bring unkept/abandoned properties into compliance with city codes. It is staffed with two sworn police officers. The section received 1,339 calls for service during the 2011 calendar year. Corrective action was taken to abate many violations and compliance was usually obtained. There were a total of 32 case brought before the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate for public hearings.
Compliance was either achieved in these matters or a fine is/was accruing against the violator. The section is not viewed as a mechanism for generating revenue but as a means of beautifying properties and attracting people to visit, live, open business, and raise families in the City of Leesburg.
During the year, there were 95 complaints and questions referred to outside agencies, requiring no further action by the department. Another 100 calls for information and/or suggestions regarding various situations were handled within the Code Enforcement Section requiring no report.
The section has continued its cost cutting efforts to reduce expenses associated with each case processed. For the fifth consecutive year, we have seen persistent savings in operational expenses. Not only have our efforts saved time and money but also preserved and strengthened community relationships.
Athough some may express a different viewpoint, code enforcement is a very effective tool for law enforcement. Theoretically, monitoring and maintaining urban environments in a well-ordered condition prevents further vandalism as well as an escalation into more serious crime. Essentially, our goal is to fix the problem when it is small to prevent a snowball effect. This is one way we measure our success.
Code enforcement violations may be reported to Senior Officers Raymond Bergeron or Michael Howard at the Leesburg Police Department by calling 352-728-9892. Violations requiring immediate attention may be reported by calling dispatch at 352-787-2121.