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Hoffman Estates named Code Enforcement Agency of the Year

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Submitted by the village of Hoffman Estates

The village of Hoffman Estates Code Enforcement Division has been chosen by the Illinois Association of Code Enforcement as the 2013 Code Enforcement Agency of the Year.

The village was recognized for using a proactive approach to property maintenance standards. Hoffman Estates adheres to the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code, ensuring health, safety and a clean environment for the community.

In 2013, the village was recognized by the International Code Council for having all inspectors certified, a point acknowledged by the IACE in its agency award.

IACE is a membership organization that promotes professionalism through education, training and certifications to property maintenance, housing and building code enforcement officials.

A highlight of the award was Hoffman Estates' annual Clean Sweep program, where elected officials and staff participate in a full day of code enforcement inspections. Participants "sweep" through the entire village, inspecting the streetscapes of more than 14,000 properties. Afterward, the staff follows up on each violation, and, by the end of the year, 99 percent of all cited concerns are resolved.

The award also recognized efficiency measures taken by Hoffman Estates, including the combination of fire inspections with commercial and multifamily property inspections, as well as the village's participation in Illinois' local debt recovery program.

Recognition was also given for the village's continued diligence in watching foreclosed properties for exterior health and safety violations. Responding quickly to maintenance and inspection concerns with the cooperation of all village departments has helped improve the quality of life in Hoffman Estates neighborhoods and commercial areas.

For details on this honor, contact the Code Enforcement Division at (847) 781-2631.

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