Cheers to Neighborhood Services Property Standards division on receiving the 2018 Innovative Code Program Award. The crystal trophy is a nod from the American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) for producing a cutting-edge program that educates citizens about home care. This is the first national award for Property Standards.
Neighborhood Services Director Lori Schwarz talked about winning the honor during the December 10 council meeting. She was flanked by her staff Scott Lussier, Stacy Burdett, Ben Zajdel, Scott Neumeyer, Gary Smith and Kyle Watson for the presentation.
This creative team developed three distinct Property Maintenance Workshops to educate residents on how to care for their homes – new or old. “Houses are part of what makes great neighborhoods. The challenge is our housing stock is getting older,” Lori said. This award-winning program benefits first-time homeowners and people who’ve owned their homes for 30 years.
Partnering with the Libraries, the classes were held in different branches across the City. The program is a forward-thinking approach to getting ahead of any property maintenance issues that may become a problem for our communities in the future. An extra workshop is planned for 2019.
The team also introduced informative shorts called Property Maintenance Minutes: