Housing cracks down on violations

Written by on September 12, 2012 in Neighborhood News - No comments

At his annual summer constituents’ barbeque on Saturday, which took place at the Captain James Crab Deck, 1st District Councilman James Kraft reminded his constituents that they are responsible for taking care of their property from their front door to the curb.

“You take care of your property, and we will take care of your neighbors who don’t,” he said.

Over the past few weeks, more than 50 citations and violations have been issued by the City’s Department of Housing to property owners and tenants who do not keep up their property [or residence] in the Highlandtown and Baltimore Highlands areas, said Kraft.

The Department of Housing Code Enforcement division has specifically focused on the areas between Dean and Clinton streets and Bank and Baltimore streets.

“The citations are for infractions such as overgrown weeds, trash cans without lids, and rat holes. The citations carry a $50 or greater penalty, depending on the infraction,” said Lexie Albe, a Kraft community aide.

“A violation is a notice to correct a problem, such as [a broken railing.] The property owner [if they live in the residence] or tenant [if the residence is a rental] has 30 days to correct the problem. If it is corrected during that time, they will not pay a fine,” said Albe

If the problem is not corrected, a lien can be placed on the property.

The focus on this part of East Baltimore is ongoing, and more citations will be given out in the next few weeks, said Albe.

Enforcement in Patterson Park
Patterson Park rangers getting new ticketing devices, possibly by mid-October, to give citations to people who illegally park or drive in Patterson Park.

“Driving and parking in Patterson Park are among the biggest complaints my office hears about,” said Kraft, who added that the mobile ticketing devices are the same kind that Baltimore City parking enforcement staff uses.

Kraft noted that fines for parking or driving in the park will be steep.

“The first offense is $250, the second $500, the third $1,000,” Kraft explained, adding that Patterson Park has two park rangers who work 1-9 p.m., seven days a week.

Parking in Canton
Kraft also discussed the ongoing implementation of Baltimore Complete Streets in Canton. The following stretches are scheduled to have Southeast Complete Streets Program initiatives—i.e. reverse-angle parking—in the near future: the 900-1200 blocks of Clinton St. (within the next 10 days to 2 weeks) and the 2900-3500 blocks of Elliott St. (within the next 2-8 weeks), depending on weather.

by Danielle Sweeney

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