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Jonesboro Code Enforcement Short Manned

JULY 21, 2004 - Posted at 5:00 p.m. CDT

 

         Jonesboro, AR--It’s not the heat, but the persistent rains which are keepingJonesboro code enforcement officers busy this summer.  Interim director Ron Shipley says the excess rains of the past few months have not helped an already understaffed agency.  Currently there are only two active agents working complaints.  Complaints Shipley says numbers over 200 a week.

            The city is planning to hire another officer, according to Shipley.  But for right now, Shipley is preaching, “Compliance over issuing citations,” when it comes to patrolling Jonesboro neighborhoods.  It seems to be working.  He says his officers are often times able to stay out of time-stealing court rooms and spend more time checking out complaints.

            Code Enforcement patrols several different areas of life in Jonesboro.  Tall grass, unsafe housing, and even mosquito patrol can fall under their jurisdiction.  Shipley says many people do not realize the amount of mosquitoes which can hatch in just a small amount of water sitting in a tire.

            Shipley says all Jonesboro residents can help the understaffed agency by cutting their yards, getting rid of stagnant water and keeping up their homes.

 

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