8/09/2010Posted by MJ
The Buffalo News reported on an uptick in the number of code violations being ticketed by the inspections department.
Since the city expanded the size of its building inspection department at the start of 2008, the inspectors have zeroed in on streets in the older parts of the city with a concentration of multiple dwellings.
Jason Dool, whose appointment as chief building inspector became permanent July 26, said that as many as 325 properties have been inspected on 17 streets where the enforcement blitz has been centered.
From January 2008 through June of this year, the department filed 3,820 violations of building and fire codes.
“That number is probably 400 to 600 higher because of multiple violations in multiple dwellings,” Dool said.
The department was intended to have four inspectors under the expansion plan passed by the Common Council in 2007. However, one inspector left and his provisional replacement failed a civil service examination and hasn’t been replaced for budgetary reasons.
This type of enforcement has been long called for and it is nice to see the push. Hopefully the housing court can keep up.