RAVENSWOOD – Ravenswood’s new city administration is attempting to address an old problem that has existed far too long—delapidated residential and business property.
The problem of rundown property has been a thorn in the community’s side for decades with little to no relief. There are many such examples of substandard property to see in the river city—eyesores abandoned, unkempt and in some cases, falling down. Some substandard property actually stands in the downtown business area. It’s been a source of frustration by city government, residents and neighboring business owners for decades.
New Mayor Josh Miller has been a champion for improving Ravenswood’s image and moving the town forward.
To that end, the newly seated Ravenswood City Council is looking at adopting the International Property Maintenance Code, which sets specific standards for basic equipment, lighting, sanitation, heating, ventilation and fire safety.
The new code would put teeth into the city’s ability to better enforce building standards and get property owners to clean up, repair and make properties safe and presentable.
However, Mayor Miller said like all government, adopting the code will take steps to accomplish including training and certification for inspectors.
Then, too, Miller says it is not the city’s intention to look to fine a lot of people, or target anyone because of economic status.
“We want owners to respect the town and take care of their property,” said Miller. “Ravenswood needs a new image and a new message. We want peopke to and potential businsses to come her and be impressed. Ravenswood has so much to offer. We don’t want our image to be one of rundown, hazardous property.
“Once we have the ability to enforce new maintenance code, we will.”