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Planning board to crack down on clutter in WP

February 28, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

It's been over a month since new West Point Code Enforcement Officer Jeremy Klutts officially began patrolling the city for signs of zoning violations.
Klutts, who was hired at the West Point Board of Selectmen's December meeting, worked with Kinder Morgan in Columbus for five years before heading to West Point. Since his transition into code enforcement, Klutts said it's been a relatively smooth adjustment.
"I love working for the city, for one thing," Klutts said. "My time in the military kind of led me to this job, I guess you could say. I was looking to go to work for the city for benefit purposes."
As code enforcer, Klutts is tasked with keeping a close eye out for zoning violations, which include blighted property and "junk cars."
"It's a slow process, but there's a lot of legal issues with blighted property," Klutts said. "It's not a difficult job, it's just slow as far as seeing progress on what you've been working on."
West Point Planning Commission Chairman Peter O'Shea said although it's a relatively fresh experience working with a code enforcement officer, it's a solid auxiliary to its goals of keeping West Point as clean and safe as possible.
"This is the first time we've had someone specifically that does the work the building inspector has done in the past," O'Shea said. "I think it's going to be great for us, because we've got somebody specifically paid to go out and look for violations."
O'Shea said it to some extent relieves some of the weight from the building inspector's day-to-day, as he or she typically "has a lot to do."
The 10-member volunteer planning commission board, O'Shea said, strive for a well-kept area.
And it's a task that equally requires the assistance of West Point's inhabitants.

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