JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin announced a 60-day moratorium Thursday on enforcement of the city's new Property Maintenance Code.
The Jonesboro City Council and Mayor Perrin voted to adopt the proposal Tuesday night.
Mayor Perrin broke a 6-6 tie to approve the proposal, which had been submitted to the council by a special committee who spent months studying the proposal and holding public meetings and debates.
By law, the date that the new code should go in effect is 30 days after the vote. That would be Jan. 15.
However, the mayor announced during a news conference Thursday that they will observe a 60-day moratorium before implementing the enforcement provisions of the code.
That means the enforcement will not begin until March 15.
"This will give us a chance to provide information to everyone who will be affected by the code and will give people an opportunity to ask questions," Perrin said. "Hopefully, we can reduce fear about what's going to happen and allow us to begin coordinating resources that will be useful for people in the future."
During this time, the city will develop an educational program for homeowners, renters and landlords.
Citizens will be able to ask the city officials questions during the moratorium.
Citizens are asked to contact Tim Renshaw, chief building inspector for the city, with any questions.
He can be contacted by phone at 970-336-7194 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perrin has also asked department heads to submit names for prospective members of an appeal board that will be established under the code.
The ordinance specifies that a board of at least three persons will be appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. They will consider appeals of Property Maintenance Code decisions.
The mayor said he expects to name a 5-member board.
The ordinance requires members of the board to have professional knowledge and experience related to property maintenance. City employees cannot serve on the board.
Perrin said he will submit his nominations to the city council within 30 days.
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