Residents in several Hagerstown neighborhoods are taking steps to clean up their sections of the city by helping code enforcement officers identify problem areas.
Marc David, the city's code enforcement officer, told those attending a Downtown Neighborhoods First community meeting Monday evening that they can walk through their neighborhoods and write down violations they notice.
David suggested that residents who see something wrong could calmly discuss it with their neighbor in a nonthreatening way.
"Avoid confrontation," David advised.
"Sometimes that's not possible, and that's why I'm here," he said.
Residents should not trespass on private property and should leave enforcement to him, he said.
People can put together a letter or card with the list of violations and post them on the door of a neighbor who is in violation, he said.
One person from each group should designate a representative to discuss with him the violations and each attempt made to make the tenant or homeowner aware of the situation, he said.