Code violations: Stock photo

Code violations. (Stock photo)

An East Dallas resident is complaining that the city doesn’t comply with property codes it enforces, according to a recent Dallas Morning News story, and it seems she might have a point.

Jan Johnson, 63, says city owned properties along Arturo Street in the East Dallas area are overgrown eyesores with fallen trees and limbs.

“Meanwhile, an adjacent privately owned vacant lot — indistinguishable from the city lots — features a notice of violation from City Hall. The violation? Overgrown vegetation,” the article notes. 

Code Compliance Director Kris Sweckard told the Morning News that action from the city’s street department should happen soon. Despite the city’s lack of upkeep, Sweckard said his department will continue to notify private property owners of code compliance issues.

“We typically don’t enforce against the city,” Sweckard said. “We are the city.”

If you’re worried about your lawn being ticketed, check out our previous post on how to keep off the city’s radar.

Next month residents of East Dallas will have a chance to meet face to face with Code Compliance officials at one of east Dallas’ newest ice cream eateries.

Hypnotic Emporium is hosting Cones With Code on June 4 from 1-3 p.m. at their Garland Road location.

The event, put on by City of Dallas Code Compliance, is a chance for residents and business owners to get to know code inspectors covering the area.

The release posted by the City of Dallas reads: “Come join the Code Compliance Department Northeast District for an opportunity to get to know some of the inspectors working in your neighborhood. No agendas, just an opportunity to sit and talk about whatever concerns you may have.”

Hypnotic Emporium — the soda fountain with old-fashioned ambience —  opened earlier this year. The business is owned by James and Amy St. Peter, the minds behind Hypnotic Donuts, located next door.

Hypnotic Emporium is located at 9005 Garland Road.


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