The Town of North Wilkesboro is seeking public input on a proposed ordinance setting minimum maintenance, sanitation and safety standards for commercial and industrial buildings and establishing processes for enforcing them.

The North Wilkesboro commissioners agreed to explore the creation of the ordinance at an Aug. 27 work session.

Town Manager Wilson Hooper said the draft ordinance is designed to catch and resolve instances of building deterioration before they become unrepairable. “By requiring that buildings be maintained to a minimum standard by their owners, non-residential buildings and structures ordinances help preserve the beauty, safety and economic vibrancy of a town,” said Hooper.

He said that although buildings kept in good states of repair won’t be affected by this ordinance, public input in the town’s decision-making process is being sought because the ordinance could put additional requirements on property owners.

Hooper said a survey for the general public seeking their views on the draft ordinance is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CR95KYC. A similar survey of property owners and tenants in the downtown and CBD loop areas of North Wilkesboro ended Thursday, he said.

Two drop-in events in the North Wilkesboro Town Hall board room for citizens to learn about the proposed ordinance and share feedback are scheduled Oct. 15 — from 9-11 a.m. and from 4-5:30 p.m. He said attendees are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.

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