City Officials Announce Plans to Scour North End, South End for
October 26, 2004
By OSHRAT CARMIEL , Courant
A team of city code inspectors will be coming into two Hartford
neighborhoods over the next four months, scrutinizing every house
for quality-of-life violations, Mayor Eddie A. Perez announced
As part of a pilot "quality of life'' initiative, the city's
limited staff of building inspectors, rodent inspectors and health
inspectors will concentrate their efforts on a neighborhood in
the South End and another in the North End.
"Every structure will be inspected,'' Perez said Monday.
The goal: to see what happens when the city's disparate inspection
forces work together.
The city also plans to teach residents in the target areas to
spot code violations and encourage them to solve them on their
own, in a neighborly way, without necessarily reporting them
to the authorities.
In the North End, inspectors will be focusing on an area from
Albany Avenue to Vine Street and from Greenfield to Edgewood
In the South End, they will focus on streets between Clifford
Street and Campfield Avenue and between Mountford and Broad streets.
According to the mayor, the inspectors will be issuing citations
for unsafe porches, rodent problems, illegal parking and unsecured,
unoccupied buildings, among other things. They also are hoping
to get inside buildings, looking for working smoke detectors
and trying to root out housing code violations.
As a corollary to the mayor's announcement the city council
voted Monday to create a quality-of-life task force that will
study ways to improve the city's quality of life ordinances and
The task force will issue a report by the end of February 2005.
Neighborhood meetings announcing the spate of inspections will
be held in early November.
The North End zone will have a meeting Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at
57 Vine St.
The South End zone will meet Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Augustine
School, 20 Clifford St.
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