Code inspector David Oen points to homes as he drives through the Oakcliff division in southeast Oklahoma City — that one he wrote up last week for the junk in the driveway is a perpetual eyesore after being foreclosed.
He continues: "I’ve written this guy so many tickets for yard parking, it’s not even funny.”
Oen said he and other inspectors with the city’s Neighborhood Services Department work up to 50 complaints a day. Oen, who has been an inspector for more than a decade, patrols the area for unsightly and unsafe code violations. He also responds to reports of such problems that come through the city’s Action Center.
People can contact the city with anything they think might be a violation of city code, Action Center Manager Beth Crounse said. There were 63,347 complaints in the first 10 months of the year, according to city data.
Nearly 45,000 of them were handled by the Neighborhood Services Department. Inspectors found no violation in more than a quarter of all cases.
In instances when a resident doesn’t take care of a problem, the city solicits bids and selects the cheapest one to do the work. That cost is passed on to the owner, and liens can be filed against those who don’t pay.