MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council is scheduled to hear a second reading on a piece of legislation tonight that will limit the number of hours the city’s code enforcement officer works each week at no more than 20.
“That’s the appropriate amount of hours,” said Dave Glass, city safety-service director.
A News investigation of current code enforcement officer Larry Fogle’s time sheets show that in the period between 2008 and 2012, there were only 16 weeks where Fogle worked 20 hours or less — four each in 2009 and 2010, one in 2011 and seven in 2012.
According to the job description, the code enforcement officer investigates high grass, trash, abandoned vehicles and dilapidated buildings.
In 2008, Fogle investigated 1,022 complaints. That number fell to 854 in 2009, 790 in 2010, 764 in 2011 and 702 in 2012.
When asked why the number of hours Fogle worked from 2008 to 2012 increased although there was a 31 percent drop in the number of complaints, Fogle said his contributions to the Shade Tree and Beautification Committee have increased, especially when the city was awarded a grant from Ariel Foundation in 2012.
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