Of the Keizertimes

As it stands now, code enforcement in Keizer is reactive.

City officials would love to be proactive.

Shane Witham, in charge of code enforcement for the city, gave an update during a Keizer City Council work session Monday evening along with Nate Brown, director of Community Development.

Despite cutbacks in recent years – including the layoff of former code enforcement director Tony Casker due to budget cuts – and remaining staff having to pick up additional duties, Brown said the core work is still being done.

“We have heard we’re not doing code enforcement today; that’s not true,” Brown said. “We are. We’re very much doing code enforcement today.”

Witham estimated he gets 80 to 85 percent voluntarily compliance for fixing code compliance issues.

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