Toledo Code Enforcement Officer Dustin Kittel has been single handedly cleaning up some of the more severe eyesores in Toledo over the last few years…450 cases of city code violations that have been “remediated” over that time. Kittel reported to the Toledo City Council that just about all of them were cleaned up without having to go to court or levy fines. He said that the vast majority of violators got their mess cleaned up or their homes brought into habitable compliance or junk vehicles removed by simply working with him.
Kittel offered the council photos of some of the worst offenders that have now fully complied with the city code. He said very few cases go to court. He said a first notice of violation is issued asking for action within fifteen days. If nothing happens, they get another violation. If fifteen days after that nothing happens the property owners gets another violation with a citation which comes with a fine. If the property owners still doesn’t fix the problem the matter goes to municipal court which could eventually end up empowering the city to fix the problem itself and then bill owner. If the owner still doesn’t pay, a lien is placed on the property. Kittel says that very seldom happens.
Kittel introduced a recently hired assistant that helps him enforce local codes not only in Toledo but for several other Lincoln County towns which is helping local city councils better police their local codes.