HOBART | A new property maintenance ordinance is moving forward after several drafts and revisions by the Hobart City Council.
"This is a much better fit than what we had," City Councilman Pete Mendez, D-2nd, said.
The council approved the ordinance, which now goes before the Plan Commission for that body's endorsement.
The council earlier this year agreed the present building codes needed to be clearer about maintenance of home sites.
Included in the ordinance is a top five list of residents' complaints compiled by the city.
Residents have complained about tall grass and weeds, junk cars, boats and trailers, blue tarps on roofs, unkempt houses and unkempt yards, City Attorney Anthony Dennis said.
City Councilman David Vinzant, D-4th, said the consensus is the lines are too blurry in the building codes and that something needed to be in place to regulate maintenance of home exteriors.
Vinzant provided copies of property maintenance ordinances from other communities, including Portage, Crown Point and Evansville.
All agreed the ordinance from Portage seemed to be the best fit.