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If City Councilman Rodney Geyen gets his way, municipal inspectors will be able to cross property lines to determine if residents’ yards should be considered nuisances.

Geyen is sponsoring a new law after complaints from residents who have had to kill rodents and snakes that crept into their yards.

“That’s because of old cars and rubbish in some people’s yards,” Geyen said during Tuesday’s City Council agenda meeting. “I’d like to give city inspectors the authority to determine if a property is a nuisance to neighbors.”

Property standards issues have been foremost in Geyen’s mind lately. This legislative move follows his statements about abandoned homes that are boarded up for safety reasons but whose owners make no attempts to renovate them.

Being able to look behind fences will provide inspectors a chance to beef up investigation against questionable property owners and possibly lead to the closing of underground businesses, Geyen concluded.

“There are mechanic businesses that are hidden. That’s illegal,” he said.

If Geyen’s measure is approved by the City Council, suspect property owners will not help themselves by denying inspectors access to their property.

City Attorney Billy Loftin told the City Council that enforcement of a new law would be bolstered. “If they (property owners) don’t allow inspection, then it should be determined they are in violation of city code.”

Geyen is intent on enhancing property standards enforcement.

“I’ve gotten complaints of residents killing snakes that came from their neighbors’ yards,” he said.

The item may be voted on by the City Council in February.

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