Nuisance Ordinance Tops Commission Agenda

| November 7, 2012 | 11:40 am
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Livingston County residents are invited to weigh in Thursday morning on a policy that could effect the way the county handles public nuisance complaints.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Presiding Commissioner Eva Danner-Horton:

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A nuisance policy would give county officials the authority to clean up hazardous or unsightly dwellings.  “So far we probably know of six properties in our county that we have been complained about multiple times.  Up until this point, we have had no way of addressing those issues.  We understand that people want to be free to do what they want with their property.  We also believe it is a problem when it impacts a neighboring property. I think those are the two things we have tried to weigh when determining what to put in this abatement order,” Horton said.

She added that the commission has no intention of enacting a strict ordinance.  “The main gist of [the ordinance] is that if it is a property that is a menace, a threat, or a hazard to the general health and safety of a neighboring property owner, or the community, then we feel like it is something this ordinance would pertain to and that we would have the authority to help alleviate that situation for the neighbors.”

Commissioners will take comments from the public when they meet at 10:00 a.m. at the county courthouse.

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