Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Covington changes enforcement, rules of city building code

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        COVINGTON — The city's building-code enforcement board will increase in size, and will work under an amended set of rules.

        The City Commission on Tuesday altered ordinances under which the board works.

        The changes would:

        • Give people 30 days to appeal a board decision. The law allows only seven days, which Assistant City Solicitor Jeff Otis said is not enough time to hire an attorney and prepare a defense.

        • Change the procedure when decisions reach the courts. Mr. Otis said under the new process, a judge need only verify that all parties in a case were properly notified, and would let a board decision stand unless procedures were violated.

        Under the current system, the city has to prove a violation occurred, which Mr. Otis said forces the city to “put on a full-blown trial.”

        Mr. Otis also said the changes will make it easier to deal with violations inside buildings.


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