From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about a new policy we have reported on to help clean up Sparks neighborhoods.
Donna Becker lives on F Street. She called and asked if the city's new code enforcement policy is constitutional? She wonders if they can really force residents to plant trees and clean up their yards. She said it is a financial hardship for her.
Joe checked with City Spokesman Adam Mayberry. He said the City Attorney has reviewed the ordinance proposal and feels it is enforceable. Just as an HOA can enforce neighborhood standards, the city feels it can, as well.
However, if you do have a hardship situation, that will be reviewed and taken into account on a case-by-case basis. You would have to contact the city about it.
They are doing their best to clean things up, which is what most people seem to want. Of course, there could be a financial impact for some residents and those situations will be considered.
The city will try to make accommodations for anyone who falls into that category.