Well hey howdy hey there, neighbor. It’s your local police department. We wanted to chat witcha about being a good neighbor, and some things we here in the code compliance section are going to be doing to try and keep Dixon an A#1 top-flight place to live. Part of being a good neighbor is making sure you keep your property in decent shape.
Just like our friend Mister Rogers, we want to be good neighbors. And have great neighborhoods. Can you say “good neighbors”? Yes, you can! That’s great. B-e-a-utiful.
Remember our friend Mister Rogers? If you’re reading Facebook, odds are you do, since younger kids have abandoned this faster than rocket full of monkeys once they found out we were using it. If you are a young person reading this, GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY. Punk kids.
Anyhoo, remember when Mister Rogers visited the Neighborhood of Make-Believe? Our research suggests 64% of you are smiling when you read that, meaning you DO remember. And the rest of you have our sympathy. So, in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, we would see the residents, who were good neighbors. King Friday (the XIII, to be exact), Lady Elaine, Queen Saturday, they were all there living in harmony and happiness. Es good, yes? Yes.
Part of that harmony came from the fact they were always observant of the Neighborhood of Make Believe’s Code Compliance Division, primarily monitored by Cornflake S. Pecially and Purple Panda. Don’t believe us? Watch the shows on the Internets. Those two were definitely working for The Man.
Now, imagine if Henrietta Pussycat allowed her front yard to fill up waist-high with dead weeds. And Daniel Striped Tiger had an ’86 El Camino on blocks in front of his crib. Oh, and if HJ Elephant, III had engine and transmission parts all over his front yard. Es no good. They would be BAD neighbors. If that happened, King Friday would expect Cornflake and Panda to get right on it.
Back in Dixonland, our Code Compliance team is trying to do just that. Unlike the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, we have administrative citations as our only weapon to help keep Dixon in tip-top shape. So we wanted to be good neighbors ourselves and send out a message, please, pretty please, make sure your property is compliant with the law. Because we are going to start, like for reals this time, enforcing the provisions of the municipal code. And we don’t want to hassle people, we don’t want to fine people, we aren’t trying to raise money this way. We just want folks to be good neighbors. We even changed the name from Code Enforcement to Code Compliance. See??? We’re trying to make this work!
We get there are some people who think, “this is MY house, I can hang an ATV from a tree (true story), put a toilet on my front porch (true story) and park my truck on my front lawn (true story).” Well, no, actually, you can’t. This isn’t an infringement on your rights, it really isn’t. If you subscribe to the social contract theory, as opined by Hobbes, we sacrifice the right to do ANYTHING we want when we live in groups in exchange for communal benefits and state protection. How’s THAT for dropping a knowledge bomb on ya, son?!? Noice.
In this construct, we all agree to adhere to certain rules, which include NOT living in a tent on your front lawn, or in a VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER. Now, as a representative democracy, you can convince your elected officials (or become one yourself) and change the ordinances of the City of Dixon. But until we do, we, as your police department, have to execute the playbook we’re given. This includes making sure the code is followed.
So here’s a link to the code. Most common problems? Expired, inoperable or dismantled vehicles. On the street, they get towed. But they’re not cool, even in your driveway. The other most common? Having a yard that looks like a junkyard threw up on it. Building materials, engine parts, weeds, and the like.
As we get started, we wanted to let people know as best we can, so when the notices start as few people are surprised as possible. And we plan on pumping out as many warnings as we can, since this isn’t about punishment, it’s about compliance. Help us help you, keeping Dixon a great place to live. And property values high. Be like the Platypus family, not Old Goat. Don’t be the Goat, man.