STANFORD — Lincoln County magistrates heard the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday that adopts a new state law regarding nuisance properties as the county’s own.
Officials say it will make it easier to force action on eyesore properties by putting the onus on violators to clean up their mess or pay to have it cleaned up.
County Attorney Daryl Day explained that under the proposed ordinance, the county’s nuisance investigator can cite an owner whose property has become unsightly and the owner will have 30 days to appeal the citation to the nuisance board. If the citation is ignored, the county can send in a crew to mow down long grass and weeds, and remove junk, and otherwise improve the appearance to an acceptable level.
The property owner then is billed for the work. Failure to pay within another 30 days will result in a lien being filed against the property and possible foreclosure, Day said.