CLAYTON — After Zoning Code Enforcement Officer John Simmons went on medical leave, the City of Clayton fell behind on its code enforcement efforts.
With the addition of a part-time code enforcement officer the city is stepping up its efforts to enforce property maintenance violations, both commercial and residential.
One commercial property that has fallen under scrutiny is the Dayton Artificial Limb which suffered $500,000 in damage during a fire in April 2014. The interior of the building was completely gutted by the fire. A tarp was placed on the building to cover a portion of the roof that sustained damage.
“Given our situation with our code enforcement officer we were a little bit behind in our enforcement efforts,” said Director of Development Rob Anderson. “We have tried to be nice and have tried to prod Dayton Artificial Limb as best we could very politely. I think we are going to step-up our enforcement efforts now and start citing them to get the building fixed.”
There were a lot of debris behind the building, but most of it has been cleaned up. All that remains is for the building itself to be brought back up to code.
The city has a zoning code that prohibits having tarps on roofs.
“We are going to step-up our code enforcement and start being a little more aggressive with that building,” Anderson added.