City prepares for Sweet 16 celebrations

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – If you live near State Street, you may have found a notice from Lexington’s Code Enforcement posted on your door about post-game celebrations.
 
The notice gives warning to property owners and residents that they live inside an "emergency area," and that code enforcement officers will be regularly patrolling the area for nuisance violations, specifically indoor furniture being placed outside. In past years, couches. mattresses and other indoor furniture have become victim to flames during the celebrations.
 
The letter continues, saying if code enforcement officers find any indoor furniture outside on the 17 streets deemed to be an "emergency area," it will be removed and destroyed. 
 
"We’re not going to hold the property owners responsible for anything we find. We’re going to give them a one time pass on anything we find, so its not going to count against them in terms of a citation or anything like that. It really is something that we think, that is beneficial. We want everyone to celebrate, but be safe," says David Jarvis, Director of Lexington-Fayette Code Enforcement.
 
The emergency area goes into effect 9:00 a.m. on Thursday and will continue until the championship game on Monday,  April 7.  The city says if you have any questions about the notice or would like to report specific violations, call 3-1-1.
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