By Annemarie Mannion
Source Chicago Tribune
Residents of Lombard may receive gentle reminders this summer to keep their properties in tip-top shape.
The village of Lombard will start the week of May 27 a program to inspect all the residential properties in the village to make sure they comply with village appearance codes. The total number of properties that will be surveyed will be between 12,000 and 13,000, said William Heniff, director of community development.
He said it will take until mid-August to view all properties including single-family homes, duplexes and townhouses.
He said two interns will drive through the village looking for minor violations. They will view the properties from the sidewalk or public parkways.
“They’ll look for items that are readily visible from the public parkway,” he said.
The door-to-door inspectors will place door hangers on the houses to let residents know if there are any small problems that need attention or to thank residents who are in compliance.
“If there’s a significant or chronic problem, that’s where our regular code enforcement process kicks in,” he said.
Items that may be noted on the door hangers will be grass or weeds that are more than 8 inches in height, parking on grass, items obstructing the sidewalk or parkway, inactive vehicles (flat tires/expired plates) and commercial vehicles with class B plates or higher.
Because of a lack of funding, Heniff said the village has not done such a villagewide inspection since 2007.
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