Chipley City Council discusses code enforcement

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 07:50 PM.

CHIPLEY — Chipley City Council members discussed the need for a private property standards ordinance at the council’s June workshop on Thursday.

Mayor Linda Cain had a list of 52 properties from around the city that she said need cleaning up, and the primary property she was concerned with was a house on Main Street which has the lawn is decorated with artificial flowers.

“Those silk flowers look ridiculous, you mean to say we can’t do anything about it?” the mayor asked City Code Enforcement Officer David Pettis Jr.

“We don’t have a code against it,” Pettis said. He said the artificial flowers were planted in a flowerbed in the lawn, but Cook disagreed. “They aren’t in a flower bed, they’re just strewn about in the yard. It looks terrible.”

“We’ve got a good set of codes here, I’m not really sure how the council wants to proceed,” City Administrator Dan Miner said. He asked the council members to look at the code and make a list of concerns they have about private property standards, then they can discuss how to respond to those concerns.

“One issue we have is how do we recover any funds we spend on cleaning up properties?” Miner said.

City Attorney Michelle Taggart told the council that the Florida Supreme Court recently ruled that municipalities are not allowed to supersede mortgages with their liens, which makes recovery of fines more difficult.

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