City kicks off annual code enforcement program

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published May 7, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Public Safety Director James Burke wants residents to know that officers from the Public Safety Department, the Department of Public Works and the Building Department will be out starting the first week of May to look for violations to the city code.

The city is once again stepping up its patrol for code violations during the spring. 

“We’re going to be going block by block,” Burke said.

He wants to warn residents that they should take care of any violations, including abandoned cars, vehicles with flat tires, trash, home repairs and more. If code enforcers find any violations, they will give warnings and time to fix the problems before stepping up enforcement with tickets.

“We want to make sure that we don’t have a blight problem,” he said. “It just seems like there’s been a recent uptick in complaints.”

Sometimes problems accumulate over the winter months, he said.

“(District Court) Judge (Dan) Palmer’s on board with it,” Burke said of the code enforcement program.

Keeping the city looking good is important to city officials and residents, Burke said.

“It’s a big part of what makes Harper Woods a successful community,” he said.