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Property maintenance is tasked with inspecting and identifying code violations as adopted by the Great Bend Code of Ordinances. These violations could be reported by the public or Property Maintenance staff. Once a property is identified, staff will then proceed to knock on the property owner’s door and inform them of the violation and give them a door hanger with the violation identified and a 10-day timeframe to complete the task. If more time is needed, it is communicated with the Property Maintenance department, and they will stay in contact during this time.
If the property does not correct the violation, they will then be sent a formal notice that will give them another 10 days to correct the condition. If a hearing is requested within 10 days of service of the notice, it must be held before the governing body. If the results find that a violation exists, the city may proceed to abate it. In addition to, or in the alternative, a complaint may be filed in Municipal Court, and, if convicted, a fine or court cost is imposed.
If a situation arises where the person was elderly, disabled or simply needed additional help, those property owners would then get their information sent to Police Chief Haulmark and Project Clean Sweep for further assistance.
Our goal with Property Maintenance is to achieve voluntary compliance. This is only successful when we have productive communication with the property owners and work together to achieve the common goal.
See the new Door hangers to help staff notify citizens.