Bexley is hoping to take action against property owners who ignored orders to clean up their yards and didn't reimburse the city after it hired a company to do the work.

Bexley is hoping to take action against property owners who ignored orders to clean up their yards and didn't reimburse the city after it hired a company to do the work.

City council expects to hear the first reading Tuesday night of legislation that would allow the city to assess those property owners.

If passed by council, the ordinance will certify special assessments for various sites where the owners failed to do yard work that the city ordered in accordance with city code.

"All of this is work that was done previously in 2008 -- lawn mowing, weed cutting," said Bexley code enforcement officer David Hayes, who cited the property owners.

Hayes said notices were sent to the property owners asking for the work to be done. When the violations weren't corrected, the city contracted with a company to perform the work.

The property owners were then assessed for the work that was done. Council's legislation would allow the city to place a lien on the property tax records of owners who haven't paid.

Hayes said the ordinance would cover a small fraction of violators.

"Usually, once they get the first notice most people comply," Hayes said.

A majority of the complaints are filed during the first part of the spring. A majority of the infractions are discovered during site surveys conducted by Hayes, although the city receives some complaints from residents.

Once a violation has been issued, a resident has one week to comply. Property owners who are out of town may receive an extension if they contact the building department.

Building manager Kathy Rose said the city sends a contractor to complete the work if owners don't comply within the designated time frame.

Council also was expected to hear the first reading Tuesday of legislation to appoint two members of council to the Bexley Housing Council, legislation confirming the mayor's appointment of two members to the Tax Incentive Review Council and confirm the mayor's appointment of two individuals to the Bexley Tax Incentive Review Council.