Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann today said Lehigh Acres residents should have no problems getting in touch with code enforcement officers to report offenses throughout the community.
"I'm a bit disturbed about what was said at the recent meeting of the Lehigh Acres Community Planning Corp. about us not having enough code enforcement officers in Lehigh. That's simply not true," Mann said.
He said that there have been at least five code enforcement officers working seven days a week on different shifts in Lehigh ever since April when he talked to code enforcement officials about having someone in Lehigh on the weekend when he was told many of the offenses such as tractor trailer parking in neighborhoods and other offenses are committed.
"Our code enforcement officers are doing a good job. They not take the complaints of people in Lehigh, but they are also on the lookout for all types of code violations.
"And like I said, there is someone from code enforcement in both Saturdays and Sundays in addition to the other five days a week," he said.
Mann was taking offense to statements made at the LACPP meeting last month by Edd Weiner, who said there wasn't enough code enforcement in Lehigh and he didn't belive at times there was any code enforcement.
"That's simply not true," Mann said. "I have attend meetings in Lehigh of both the planning group and of the Community Council. I have heard of the complaints earlier this year and we have done something about it. To say otherwise is just not true," Mann, who represents the east side of the county, including Lehigh Acres, said.
Rick Roberts is in charge of code enforcement in Lehigh and his crew are doing a good job. In fact, I can tell you that if someone makes a report, it will be handled within 24 hours. If a complaint is made in the morning, sometimes we can take care of it before the day ends and if not, the next morning.
"Rick Roberts will listen to the complaint and make sure it is taken care of. If there is an offense, the person will be cited and fined," Mann said.
Code enforcement can include not only illegally parked large vehicles in private neighborhoods, but overgrown lawns at abandoned houses, trash thrown about.
Mann said all a resident has to do is to call Code Enforcement at 533-2225 and the matter will be taken care of and the people responsible for breaking the rues will be held accountable.
"I take the goings on in Lehigh very serious. I am in Lehigh several times most months. I attend the meetings and I hear of the problems facing Lehigh and it is my promise to do all I can to correct those problems," Mann said.
"In fact," he continued, "if there are problems with code enforcement, I'd like to hear about it. Any resident in the community can call me at 533-2225 five days a week - that's my number at the court house chambers," he said.
"Like I said, 24 hours of less and code enforcement will do what it has to do.
"I also want people to know that the code enforcement people are always looking for violations themselves as they travel around the community. It is a vast area but they are not neglecting looking for things that are wrong either," he said.