Boron – A Code Compliance meeting was held on the morning of Jan. 24, 2019 at the 20 Mule Café in Boron. The meeting which was attended by about a dozen Boron residents got underway at approximately 11 a.m.
Susan Cunningham who is the former owner of Cunningham Collectibles conducted the meeting in the back room of the restaurant while handing out brochures and print-outs of different properties in Boron and Kern County.
Christy Fitzgerald who is the Kern County Housing Rehabilitation Programs Supervisor introduced herself and Caleb Bolton who is the new Code Compliance Officer for the 2nd District in Kern County then she went on to explain about Code Compliance.
“Code Compliance is part of the Kern County Building and Development Division of Kern County Public Works” Fitzgerald said. “What we do is we respond to complaints the public has concerning properties that need abatement, have been abandon, etc. The preservation and improvements created be code compliance is recognized by our government and citizenry as a necessity to halt or reverse deterioration of our communities. Our goal is to reverse violations and resolve conflicts through voluntary compliance; code compliance has a range of other tools available to encourage compliance or abatement”.
Caleb Bolton then recognized 15 properties in Boron and 3 in North Edwards which need attention as Fitzgerald continued. “There is a process that we must go through in order to resolve these issues. Usually, it takes around 4-6 months depending on whether or not we can contact the owner of the properties and if they are willing or not to address the property themselves. The steps we take after the initial complaint is: Open – this is where we open a case and begin to address the issue, 14 day letter – is where we send a 14 day letter to the owner of record listed on the property tax bill informing them of an issue with their property and whether or not they are going to comply with the notice, Final Notice – is where when no contact has been made and the issue still exists we notify owner of record of final notice before we take action, Notice and Order – is where we send as well as post a Notice and Order for Abatement on the property, Immediate Response – is where there are children/pets concerned, we take immediate action to rectify the issue and Case Re-Open – is where once the initial issues are resolved the addressed again”.
After the explanation of code compliance, Boron residents in attendance had a chance to ask questions concerning their community and what they as citizens can do about it and also had a chance to appoint a “point of contact” for the Boron/Desert Lake/North Edwards area. That position went to Mrs. Erin Bachara.
All in all, it was a very informative meeting; the next code compliance meeting is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Boron Bible church which is located on John Street in Boron. The meeting is in lieu of the Neighborhood Watch meeting which takes place on the third Thursday of each month.