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Problem Properties: Springfield Heightens Code Enforcement
Springfield city leaders are continuing their efforts to increase code enforcement by getting problem properties through the court system quicker.
There's a backlog of these cases because they continue to happen and there's limited resources.
Jim Cinotto has been living downtown for thirty years and enjoys necessities being close. But there's a site on his walk home that sets the neighborhood a step back.
"We generally call it a crack house, " Cinotto said. "I don't know if it is."
Cinotto wonders if accountability is falling through the cracks.
"Mostly a lot of promises that something's going to happen and nothing every does," Cinotto said.
The city is working on cracking down on problem properties. There's just so many of them.
Just recently, thousands of dollars of fines were issued to the MacArthur Park Apartments.
"Each one takes so long to get through in and of itself," Budget Director Bill McCarty said. "We're continuing to get new cases what seems like on a daily basis, so we're never going to be caught up. The more resources we allocate, the better off we're going to be."
The city is looking to hire another paralegal to help corporate counsel with code enforcement and the business permit boom from video gaming.
"When you have a lot of people trying to make things better, but at the same time have people making it worse, it makes it hard for us to have a safe place to raise our children," Charles Ware said.
Ware supports heightening code enforcement for a better neighborhood.
"I look forward to seeing some of that pressure being put on these homeowners and see some advancements relatively soon," Ware said.