Rockford’s Code Enforcement crew makes sweep of blighted neighborhoods

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The Jackson Oaks neighborhood received some much-needed attention from the City on Monday, who took a sweep of the area to crackdown on blight.

Code enforcement officers, police, and Third-Ward Alderman Chad Tuneburg went around, surveying yards for any violations to city codes and ordinances.

There has been an increase in calls for blight-related issues. The crew wrote up citations or written warnings for littered yards and unkempt properties.

Alderman Tuneburg has asked residents of his ward to share accountability to keep the neighborhood clean. 

“When someone is driving by, they don’t know if it’s an owner-occupied home or renters,” Tuneburg said. “Some of the time, you don’t even look at the houses because you’re enthralled by all the trash along the street and along the right-of-way, you don’t even get to see the house.”

In sweeps like that which took place Monday, each Code Enforcement Officer writes up about 8-10 ordinance violations. 

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