The town of Pineville is toughening up about minimum housing code violations.
Aaron Parks, Pineville's code enforcement officer, will begin identifying minimum housing violations in the town and working with the owners to get them resolved.
“This will give us a chance to have a more hands-on approach,” said Town Administrator Mike Rose. “As a town, we're going to put more of a focus on minimum housing issues than ever before.”
Though the ordinance addresses such items as cracked and peeling paint and missing shingles, Rose says the primary concern is not the appearance of a structure but the safety of residents. Serious safety issues include a roof or porch falling in, broken windows, rotting boards and overgrowth of trees and bushes.
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They still have an inner-local agreement with Mecklenburg County and will still rely on the county for assistance.
On Tuesday evening, the town's planning staff presented the town council with a list of 11 houses they felt did not meet the minimum standards. Parks will inspect them and write up the violations, starting the process necessary to get the owner to take action.
Town staff members also asked council members to advise them of other properties they thought needed to be inspected.
In other business, council members:
Reviewed a golf cart ordinance that would regulate the use of golf carts in the town. They will consider approval next month.
Reviewed a right-of-way ordinance that would regulate how utility companies work in the town's rights of way – including where new utility lines, transformers and other equipment is located. They are expected to vote on that ordinance next month as well.
Approved a modified fee schedule for planning and land development costs (i.e., zoning verification, rezonings, and more), and increased deposit amounts required for rental and business electrical service.