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New nuisance patrol ready for Akron

Akron mayor Don Plusquellic during a  press conference in 2008
Akron mayor Don Plusquellic during a press conference in 2008
Tony Dejak, AP

"The things that often bring neighborhoods down quickly are the house with a junk car in front, the yard with high weeds or loose trash or the zoning violations that irritate responsible homeowners." Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic stated while submitting nuisance patrol legislation to council. 

Beginning in February,  the city of Akron will move the Housing Administration unit, transitioning it from the Health Department into the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Service

Akron's team of new nuisance patrols will consist of combined forces form the original team of inspectors from the public service department and will also include housing inspectors from the Department of Public Health to all function within one department.  Plusquellic added, that the process of enforcement would now be more responsive, the penalties tougher and the community cleaner and safer as a result.

Akron Service Director Rick Merolla said nuisance inspectors will be able to work much more quickly than before.  "Service department inspectors will be trained to be able to cite properties with housing code violations, once solely the domain of health inspectors," Merolla said.

Part of the plan is to instruct city employees who work in Akron neighborhoods on a regular basis to watch for nuisances and report them. Plusquellic said that includes everyone from sanitation drivers who notice potholes to police who see a house in bad condition.

"Our goal is to be out in front and head them off before they get to the point of irritation," the Mayor said. Plusquellic urges citizens to do their part as well by phoning the city's 3-1-1 call center to help Akron put property owners on notice that nuisance properties will not be tolerated.

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