A boarding home owner is settling out of court with the city to repair a home with dozens of code compliance problems.
The home is in the 1100 block of Pasadena, just off Blanco, north of downtown.
Matt, the home's maintenance man, is frustrated. He has paid to take care of this boarding home and the residents. He needs the tools to do his job but hasn't gotten them. The grass has never been this high, he said.
Matt spoke from just inside the gate of the home, which had a "Private Property" and "No Trespassing" sign on it.
The city's new boarding home ordinance is now in place and has been well publicized, but code enforcement officers like Jenny Ramirez are making the rounds to neighborhood associations to make sure everyone knows the rules.
"Today what I really, really wanted to do is focus on giving you a really good concise definition of what we adopted as far as our boarding home ordinance," she said.
Owners who register by March 1 will have until Jan. 1 of 2014 to install the required fire sprinkler system, but those who register after March 1 will have only 30 days from the date they register to meet all the stipulations of the ordinance.
After safety concerns about boarding homes reached the city council following last year's deadly fire, leaders began drafting tighter restrictions on the inspection of boarding homes throughout the city.