Killeen cracks down on code violators

Andrew Moore reports.

KILLEEN - Killeen is cracking down on unmowed lawns and other code violations.

Killeen Code Enforcement launched a beautification initiative in 2017 and has been going street by street looking for violators, who could face fines if they do not address the violations in time.

Code Enforcement Officers have targeted nine zones in the city limits this year. In June, they are targeting their enforcement activities in zone five, which includes the mall.

A common mistake is parking on surfaces that are not "all-weather." Code Enforcement Officer Carlos Rivera said you are violating code if you park on anything that is not pavement or gravel. For example, you cannot park on your lawn or across a sidewalk.

"Kids go to school with their bikes and, for something like this, they would have to go on the road because the sidewalk is getting blocked," Rivera said.

Additional violations include having junk cars that do not have valid registrations sitting in your yard, in public view. You also should not store trash around your yard, Rivera said.

According to the city, you have seven to 10 days to fix a code violation. After that point, the city will consider abatement options -- including hiring contractors to mow your grass or clean your yard, then billing you for it. The bill could be several hundreds dollars, depending on the size of the job.

If the city has to cite you more than once, you could end up paying a fine of up to a thousand dollars.

"It is motivation for people to take care of their yards," Killeen resident Andre Johnson said. "I don't think it's too much at all."

To learn more about what constitutes a violation, click here.

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