code enforcement

Cameron Tirado / WAER News

A dilapidated home with cracking paint and weeds growing through the front steps on Syracuse’s South Side is going to serve as the focal point of a Safe and Healthy home tour.  The house is situated behind another home after a long walk-up a cracked driveway.   

Director of Code Enforcement Ken Towsley says inspectors will lead the public tours and point out what hazards needs to be addressed.

Scott Willis / WAER News

The City of Syracuse is trying a new approach to code enforcement in hopes of solving problems more efficiently.   The pilot program is aimed at building relationships between the city, property owners, and tenants to improve compliance.

It’s called the Tenant-Owner-Proactive or TOP program, and Mayor Stephanie Miner says it’ll be first tested on the city’s northside for the next six weeks.