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West Central Residents Call on City to Fix Neighborhood

Graffiti, boarded-up windows and condemned homes, the eyesores have residents in Fort Wayne’s West Central neighborhood fed-up.
 

Graffiti, boarded-up windows and condemned homes, the eyesores have residents in Fort Wayne’s West Central neighborhood fed-up. 

“Somebody is getting paid to do their job and their not doing it. I would like to see someone earn their money,” said Kathy Faulkner, West Central Neighborhood resident.

The residents WFFT spoke with say they've contacted the cities code enforcement department, “over 1,000 times,” said Faulkner. 

We took their complaint straight to Cindy Joyner, Deputy Director of Neighborhood Code Enforcement, and Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock. 

“We have a number of cases there.   We aren't talking one or two--we are talking several,” said Joyner

While Joyner is aware of the problems that plague the West Central neighborhood, she says enforcing code is not a quick process.

“We are just as frustrated with what’s going on in these neighborhoods,” said Joyner. 

When a resident files a complaint filed with the city, the home owner is first given a notice of violation.  They have 60 days from that point to bring their property up to code or request more time for repairs.  However, if that doesn’t happen an order to repair is issued.  The property owner is then called to a hearing where a penalty could potentially be handed down. 

“It's a growing problem and folks are frustrated with it.  I'm frustrated with it.  However, I think neighborhood code is doing the best job that they can with the resources they have,” said Paddock (D-5th). 

 

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