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Woman given more time to clean up property

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A McCook woman will have more time to clean up property she owns that was declared a nuisance and safety hazard last year.

In an update on the property, Dottie Park told the council at the regular meeting Monday night that the person she has contacted to remove a trailer and take down a garage/shed on her property at 305 East 12th will not return her calls.

Parks also told the council she wasn't totally prepared to give an update Monday night, as a reminder sent to her by mail said the meeting was in February.

McCook Police Chief Ike Brown admitted that an incorrect date had been given on a notice sent to Parks about the meeting but that she was also telephoned on Monday to remind her of the meeting.

The city has been working with Parks about cleaning up the property since August of last year and has received updates from Park at several council meetings. Parks does not live on the property.

Following an inspection Aug. 13, the McCook Health Board determined the property was an unsafe nuisance property. The council approved giving Parks three months' time to clean up the property and to review progress in early November.

In November, Parks told the council she had a contract to remove the mobile home and a garage and shed from the property. After that, she would work on other issues on the property. The council allowed Park extra time to clean up the property and to update the council after 30 days if the trailer and shed were not removed. It was noted at that meeting that although a lot of overgrown vegetation had been removed, several structures remained.

City staff recently checked the property on Jan. 26 and found that no progress had been made.

A person sitting next to Parks in the audience Monday night asked if the city could buy her property like it did with property at 301 E. Second.

City Manager Kurt Fritsch said it was possible but the city would then own the property.

He added that demolition funds from a federal CDBG neighborhood stabilization grant that was awarded to the city have not been allocated for use on her property. A portion of those funds have been slated to demolish a abandoned house at 301 E. Second. Structures designated for demolition using grant money must be submitted beforehand to the government.

No action was taken by the council at Monday's meeting, as the update from Parks was not an action item. Parks still has until the next regular council meeting to clean up the property.

At that meeting, the council could approve an action item that would direct city staff to file a nuisance abatement order on the property in District Court.


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