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York City residents who'd like if their neighbors took a bit better care of their properties can get a bit information at an upcoming class about how to report infractions.

The free "citizen inspector training" course will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 12, in the city council chambers in City Hall at 101 S. George St., according to a news release.

The class will introduce attendees to what's allowed and what isn't under the city's nuisance ordinances, and who to call when the citizens spot a violation, said Kelli Hill, the office coordinator for the city's Bureau of Permits, Planning and Zoning. The attendees don't gain any power from this class to enforce the codes — they just now better know the rules and how to report infractions.

The program's been around since 1998, and has lead to many calls about rodents, peeling paint, overgrown grass and the like, she said.

"It's basically for the upkeep of the neighborhood," Hill said.

She said it takes a great deal of pressure off of the property maintenance inspectors, who are kept busy around town.

Upon completion of the three-hour class, attendees will receive a diploma.

For more information or to register call 849-2256, or send Hill an email at khill@yorkcity.org. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to City Hall.

— Reach Sean Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.

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