Recently, Staunton Town Marshal Chuck Jones informed the town's council he planned to begin going through town checking the cleanliness of residencies.
In 1996, the Staunton Town Council implemented a clean property ordinance, which was amended in 1999.
Since then, the council has asked the Town Marshal to monitor the situation.
"We have the ordinance that covers everything from weeds to car ports and trash," Jones said. "They cover a variety of things."
For example, the ordinance covers the height of grass, which may not exceed 12-inches.
Jones said he issues warnings first and if residents do not comply, a citation is issued. He said the first citation is $25.
Jones added he gives the warning first and then waits 72 hours before going back.
Town Council President Andy Kirchner said amendments were made to the ordinance to "put a little teeth in it."
"You'll run across something that you haven't worded just exactly right," he said. "Anytime something comes up that we get stuck with, we try to address that into an addendum into the ordinance.
"We try to be fair," he said. "We just try to clean everything up. We're concerned about the scenery."
Kirchner added if the town is forced to clean up properties, a minimum $100 citation is issued.
"If we tell them we're going to do something, they can guarantee we're going to come back," Kirchner said.
In the past, the town has conducted a "Trash Day," where residents could bring heavy trash to Town Hall to be dumped. Kirchner said this will still take place and may be scheduled just prior to summer.
"We have a spring clean up every year," Jones added.