The Elsmere City Council voted unanimously during its March 14, 2017, meeting to become the 14th jurisdiction represented by the Kenton County Joint Code Enforcement Board, a local area alliance staffed by PDS’ One Stop Shop program.
Other members of the joint board are Kenton County, Crescent Springs, Crestview Hills, Edgewood, Fort Wright, Independence, Kenton Vale, Lakeside Park, Ludlow, Park Hills, Ryland Heights, Taylor Mill, and Villa Hills.
Elsmere City Administrator Matt Dowling stated, “Code enforcement continues to be a growing issue in most communities; Elsmere is no different. Cities struggle with serving citations legally and providing an appeal process that will hold up if the case ends up in court. By entering the Joint Code Enforcement Board, Elsmere will benefit by getting these concerns filled.”
“If a property owner appeals his case we know the Joint Code Enforcement Board members will be trained and have legal representation present during all meetings to provide them with legal advice every month. Another benefit is our city staff will no longer have to administer the city’s Code Enforcement Board, allowing the staff to work on other job duties,” said Dowling.
The board, comprised of an appointed representative from each jurisdiction, provides an objective forum to hear appeals from property owners, order timely remediation or abatement of issues, or if necessary impose civil fines for continued, unabated violations of ordinances.
The Joint Code Enforcement Board meets on the second Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the PDS Building in Fort Mitchell.