NORFOLK - Councilman Robert J. Harvey would like the town to take a more proactive approach to code enforcement.
Mr. Harvey proposed changing the service at Tuesdays Town Council meeting. Many residents who see a neighboring property in disarray arent necessarily calling town hall to complain. The town should be looking for properties with code violations on its own more, he said.
We shouldnt have to wait for a resident to call up and complain that somethings a mess, Mr. Harvey said. Some people dont deserve the things that theyre living next to.
Mr. Harvey suggested the towns code enforcement officer could visit certain areas once or twice a week.
We all know where those problem areas are, he said.
Adopting a proactive approach is easier said than done, Supervisor Charles A. Pernice said after the meeting. Norfolk has approximately 2,600 parcels and 56 miles of roads; its one of the largest towns in the county, he said.
Its a big town. Its tough to have a code enforcement officer patrolling the town of Norfolk, Mr. Pernice said. If youre not in the neighborhood, youre not going to see it. Its a complaint driven business.
There isnt a system we have where were going to go out on every one of these roads looking for violations, Mr. Pernice said.
Code Enforcement Office Leonard Max Halpern was absent from Tuesday nights meeting and could not be reached for comment afterward.