An Open Letter to Hominy residents:
With the beginning of a new year, it’s a great time to kick-off an improvement program for our community; a recent assessment of needs and issues can be categorized into three areas of improvement:
Code enforcement, particularly in the area of property maintenance (addressing of properties, exterior sanitation and cleanliness, unsafe and abandoned properties, junk and abandoned vehicles, grass and weeds).
Community, including quality of life, infrastructure (such as housing, roads, parks), community events, downtown and airport development, zoning, utilities, and partnerships with schools and community organizations (Chamber of Commerce, churches, veterans, senior citizens, and youth).
Internal efficiency, by reviewing how the City currently does business, making changes to operations in order to realize cost savings and increased effectiveness, and developing policies and procedures.
It starts now.
The first community assignment is to ensure that every property within Hominy is properly addressed for public safety response (EMS, Police, Fire). Per the International Property Maintenance Code (which has been adopted by the Hominy City Council):
Section 304.3, Address numbers shall be placed on every property in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall be a minimum of 4” in height and shall contrast in color with their background. Note: Just placing numbers on mailboxes does not meet this Code requirement.
Every property occupant/landlord/owner needs to check to confirm that this proper addressing is completed by March 1, 2015. For our senior citizens or others needing assistance with this assignment, City Hall stands ready to help. Just call 918-885-2164
Other major areas of concern are exterior cleanliness of properties, loose trash on ground, unsafe properties, abandoned or junk vehicles, and high grass and weeds.
Starting next week, a code enforcement officer within the Hominy Police Department will start visiting properties to provide courtesy notices of potential violations. Follow-up inspections will then be conducted and formal letters sent to ensure compliance. Non-compliance shall lead to citations.
Please know that our objective is to have voluntary compliance, not to issue citations. We want to keep the City looking great and work together to maintain and increase the safety and quality of life to which all Hominy residents are entitled.