Community service

This City of Arlington department won an international award for community service

Known as the Dream City, Arlington’s reputation is widely known as a great place to visit and live.

Of course, a great place to live has to have top notch people to do it. One example is the City of Arlington’s Code Compliance Department, which recently received the 2022 Community Service Award from the International Code Council.

“My staff has done a great job serving our community and everything our department has done for Arlington residents is a testament to their great work,” said Brian Daugherty, Arlington’s Director of Code Compliance Services.

Daugherty attended the ICC’s annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky, last month to accept the prestigious award. The ICC Community Service Award recognizes outstanding service that promotes public health, safety and welfare.

This is the first time Arlington has won the award.

Code Compliance in Arlington has developed many innovative programs that increase community engagement, provide essential services, and build public trust while helping to create and sustain healthier, safer, and more beautiful neighborhoods.

The department’s newest initiative is its Tool Sharing Program available to Arlington residents for the free use of tools and equipment to help with property cleaning and maintenance. Nearly 300 home deliveries were made this year, with nearly 1,000 tools used at numerous community cleanup events.

City officials note that because of this, more than 200 potential code violations have been corrected.

The department’s Neighborhood Improvement Team (NET) has a new, expanded program serving the Arlington community. This initiative focuses on teamwork and building community partnerships.

Community cleanup events via NET cleared nearly 120 tons of trash and debris.

“Arlington’s Tool Sharing Program and Neighborhood Improvement Team Program are both making real differences in our neighborhoods and creating a new way for us to partner with our residents,” said the Mayor Jim Ross. “It’s no surprise to me that our code compliance department has been recognized for their innovative work and I encourage residents to check out both of these options if they’re looking to increase their neighborhood’s curb appeal.”

Other code compliance programs that make Arlington stronger and safer include:

The graffiti removal team that offers free graffiti removal.

The city’s apartment inspection program with workshops and interactive maps for the public displaying apartment scores.

The Hazardous and Unsanitary Structures (DSS) team works across the city to identify unsanitary structures that pose a risk to public health and safety and bring those properties into compliance, either through rehabilitation or removal.

Code Compliance provides an expanded educational effort with a comprehensive website with informative quick reference guides for single-family, multi-family and commercially zoned properties with just a few clicks to the Unified Development Code and City Codes.