Kenova Hires First Ever Compliance Officer

KENOVA, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kenova Police Chief Ray Mossman has been getting complaints about eye sores around town and has decided it is time to clean it up.

Mossman worked with the Huntington Compliance Office to build a program like theirs for Kenova.

Kenova City Council created a Compliance Officer position that was filled by Kenova Police Officer Adam Lewis.

Lewis will continue his duties as a police officer, but starting Monday he will spend eight-to-10 hours a week going around town to make sure people are maintaining their property according to city ordinances.

Lewis will be enforcing garbage, trash, animal waste, junk vehicles, grass clippings, abandoned property and other similar municipal ordinances.

Citations will be given to those who do not maintain their property, and they will have one week to comply or a fine may be issued. Lewis says depending on the situation, more than one week may be allowed.

The program was created to improve the quality of life in Kenova.

Mossman also says that he hopes it will raise property values in Kenova.

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