New Dallas Initiative Targets Neighborhoods with Repeat Code Complaints
June 25, 2018
Source: WFAA ABC 8
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The pilot program will allow city staff to aggressively target key areas where neighbors are complaining about specific issues day in and day out.
DALLAS – Some residents’ repeated complaints to the City of Dallas about Code Enforcement, neighborhood issues, and other Quality of Life concerns may soon get extra attention.
The Chief of Staff for the City of Dallas, Kim Tolbert, announced during a recent community meeting that City Hall is beginning a new initiative called Targeted Action Plan. The pilot program, which will begin in Council District 4, will allow city staff to aggressively target key areas where neighbors are complaining about specific issues day in and day out.
“We’re going to put a very serious hands-on focus on District 4,” Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway said.
The initiative will include inspections and enforcement on issues including vacant houses, high weeds on lots, cars with flat tires, trash, illegal dumping, loitering, and other Code violations.
Tolbert and Caraway said the initiative will require a team approach to handling the issues. “We’ve got to be stronger with Code,” Caraway explained. “We’ve got to be stronger with Police. We’ve got to be stronger with Economic Development, and also keeping our community clean.”
Community activists like Pat Ford calls the Targeted Action Plan a positive step from the response some neighbors have grown used to from the City. “They haven’t really been addressing some of the needs for our community,” Ford explained.
Some neighbors are optimistic about the initiative, especially if more community members are involved. The Targeted Action Plan will begin in District 4, then spread across other areas of the City of Dallas.