Truth & Rumors

3 common misconceptions about code enforcement

By Julie Caler, Code Enforcement Supervisor

When it comes to code enforcement, misconceptions are bountiful. It’s time to take a closer look at some of the myths that surround our services and to clarify the role of the city’s Code Enforcement Division.

First, let’s attempt to separate myth from reality by addressing three of the most common misconceptions:

Myth No. 1: Code Enforcement tickets violations immediately.

code3Reality: Our goal is to educate the resident, property owner and any person associated with a property. The process begins with a door tag, or in the case of trash can being left out after collection day, a can tag.

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Truth & Rumors: Repairing Private Water, Sewer Lines

Rumor: The City of College Station endorses specific insurance coverage for repairing water and sewer lines on private property.

Status: False

It has come to our attention that some insurance companies plan to advertise in College Station regarding an insurance policy to cover repairs to private water and sewer lines. 

In most cases, city ownership of water lines ends at the water meter, and city ownership of sewer lines ends at the property line. City employees are not allowed to work on private lines and if something happens to those lines, the homeowner is responsible for making the repairs. 

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Truth & Rumors: No Left onto Barron Road?

RUMOR:Rumor has it that part of the Barron Road expansion will include blocking cars from turning left onto Barron from Springmist Drive.  This would cause more traffic in front of the new school and the intersection of Barron and Victoria, since people in Westfield Village would be forced to either go around and turn left from Victoria, or take Barron to Hwy 40.”

Submitted by Patrick Dexter, College Station

TRUE: The Barron Road Widening Phase 2 project will include a raised median across Springmist Drive, which will prevent any left turns entering or exiting Springmist Drive. 

FACTS: This drive is too close to the proposed signalized intersection of Victoria Avenue and too close to the left turn bay for Victoria Avenue to allow an opening in the median.  Such an opening would encourage an unsafe turning movement onto an arterial roadway that carries traffic between SH 6 and SH 40.  In addition, traffic from the Westfield Village Subdivision has access to both Victoria Avenue and Newport Drive, both of which have full access to Barron Road.  The signal at Victoria also will be a more efficient and safer way to travel north, and area residents are encouraged to use it.

SOURCE: Daniel Beamon, P.E, Assistant City Engineer

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Truth & Rumors: Low Income Housing

RUMOR: “The City of College Station is subsidizing low-income housing through federal grants.”

FALSE : The city is not subsidizing low-income housing using federal funds.

FACTS: The City of College Station supports non-profit partners constructing new housing for income eligible applicants. That means this program is not funded through federal stimulus bills or grants. The City of College Station previously used the federal HOME Investment Partnership Grant (HOME) grant to directly fund new home construction through the New Construction Program, but that program has been retired.

The city has five homes for sale, four of which were constructed in the past year. These houses are available only at the appraised value, and the asking price has never been lowered. To purchase one of these homes, the applicant must acquire a private mortgage that meets the applicable underwriting requirements. The city’s community development programs do not offer free rides; the city offers down payments for these homes in the form of a zero percent, deferred loan of $14,999.

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Truth & Rumors: Credit Card Fees

RUMOR: “The City of College Station is assessing credit card convenience fees on utility bill payments.”

FALSE: Convenience fees are NOT being assessed for paying utility bills with a credit card.

FACTS: In January, the city council unanimously approved an ordinance allowing a $3 fee to be assessed on payments made by credit card. That fee went into effect earlier this week at Municipal Court and the jail. The fee could eventually be expanded across the city but for now, no fee will be imposed on those who use credit cards to pay their utility bill.

The fee offsets the increased processing costs the city incurs when it accepts credit card payments.

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Click here if you’ve heard a rumor or have a question about something going on in the City of College Station? We’ll try to find an answer. Please limit your inquiries to City of College Station business. We will not respond to questions of a personal nature regarding city staff, council members or citizens.