Hello, Trotwood Family.
Spring has arrived and the warmer temperatures mean yard work and home improvements are on everyone’s schedule. Homeowners have a duty to provide reasonable care and maintenance of their property to ensure it is safe from dangerous conditions, and property upkeep is necessary in order to present an attractive neighborhood.
Over the past few months, many of you have expressed concerns with code enforcement issues; problems such as debris and litter, overgrown grass and weeds, and structures that require repairs. You can now report your concerns using the “Report a Concern” link on the City’s website. This new tool not only helps the City to respond more efficiently to violations, it can provide you with updates on the status of a registered concern.
Staff is working hard to inform property owners of violations and help them come into compliance with code issues. However, due to a decline in adhering to infraction notices, it has become necessary to escalate how to achieve cooperation. Please understand that this more aggressive response is designed to build a strong, positive community as desired in the vision we share.
For those of you starting a home improvement project, be sure to do your research as some contractors prove to be less than reputable. You can check with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Better Business Bureau, and perform an internet search for the business and the names of the individuals in order to check a company’s reputation. Also, be sure to get any promises from the contractor in writing, be cautious of large down payments, and avoid paying cash as it leaves a limited paper trail if something goes wrong. If you suspect a scam or unfair business practice, be sure to contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515.
A visually appealing community can increase property values, attract businesses, and even promote good behavior. So, as we move into spring let’s all make a commitment to take action and create change by making community beautification a priority so that Trotwood is truly the best place to live, work, and play.
Mary A. McDonald, Mayor
City of Trotwood, Ohio