The Community Development Block Grant provides funding for critical public services, which includes assistance to the City’s CODE Enforcement Division. The mission of the Code Enforcement Division is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our community by encouraging compliance with the Codified Ordinances of Parkersburg and International Codes; to enhance the appearance of neighborhoods and business districts to prevent blight, protect property values and enhance economic conditions. This level of service would not be possible without CDBG funding. CDBG funding allocated $49,000 for one Code Enforcement Officer in FY17. Since July 1, 2017 this officer has reported 295 incident reports, which includes items like junk vehicles, tall grass, and minimum housing requirements.