Neighborhood Pride Week in the Karmel Morse Manor and Woodward Park neighborhoods yielded lower-than-average code violation citations.

Neighborhood Pride Week in the Karmel Morse Manor and Woodward Park neighborhoods yielded lower-than-average code violation citations.

Full compliance with orders issued is expected, Columbus Code Enforcement Supervisor Jeff Pharion said.

Fifty-one compliance orders were issued for 62 violations during Pride Week, which ran June 23-27 and covered 1,100 residents, Pharion said.

"That's probably low," compared to other neighborhoods that have participated in the Neighborhood Pride program, Pharion said. "It's a good neighborhood."

Pharion said the deadline has just been reached for residents to comply with any code violations that came out of Neighborhood Pride, and code enforcement officers are in the process of sweeping the neighborhood to make sure properties are in line with city code.

Pharion said he expects close to full compliance in the neighborhood. Property owners whose violations have not been dealt with likely will be given more time.

"If they're not compliant, they'll get more time," he said. "We'll probably get them all into compliance."

Prior to Neighborhood Pride weeks, code enforcement officers sweep the participating neighborhoods to look for violations. Prior to the Karmel Morse Manor/Woodward Park Pride Week, 66 violations were identified, and property owners were notified, Pharion said.

Citations were issued to the 51 properties with violations that were not brought into compliance before Pride Week, he said.

Once citations are issued, property owners fall into the city's system for dealing with code violations, which eventually can lead to court for property owners who ignore orders.

But with Neighborhodd Pride areas, Pharion said the goal is to bring properties into code compliance rather than to prosecute those with violations. Because of that, he said, the city will work with those property owners.

As part of the Neighborhood Pride program, residents living in a selected neighborhood are given access to city resources to help eliminate code violations.

"We get them all taken care of," Pharion said.

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