It’s that time of year.
With spring under way and grass, weeds and shrubs starting to grow rapidly, Commerce building official Billy Vandiver reminds Commerce residents that city ordinances require them to maintain their property in accordance with the International Property and Maintenance Code and the city’s cleanliness of premises ordinance.
“Both list tall grass and weeds, inoperable vehicles, discarded tires, auto parts, etc.,” Vandiver said. “I have recently written three citations for cleanliness of premises and expect to write more in the next few months.”
If Vandiver spots a yard in violation, the procedure is to give notification in the form of a code violation notice or — for out-of-town owners of vacant property — a letter.
“Both give 10 days to correct the violation,” Vandiver said. “If no attempt is made to correct the violation, I can issue a citation, and the occupant, owner or tenant will be allowed to give their story to the Magistrate Court judge.”