The Clyde Grigsby property, at 722 N. Depot, was finally cleaned up last Wednesday by Brazil City workers. Grigsby will have 90 days to pay the city the $3,127.35 cost of the project.
Brazil Zoning and Planning Administrator Michele Driscoll itemized the charges:
- Six laborers at 10 hours each: $543.60
- One backhoe for eight hours: $600
- Three dump trucks at eight hours each: $1,800
- One garbage truck for 2 hours: $150
- Landfill charge for 1 1/2 tons of trash: $33.75
If Grigsby does not pay the bill within 90 days, a lien will be placed against his property. The city will receive that amount before the property can be sold.
Apparently the condition of 722 N. Depot has been an eyesore to northwest residents for years. It became a public health hazard after the house caught fire last September.
"He was given at least a half dozen notices to clean it up." Driscoll said from her office yesterday. "We tried to work with them as long as we could."
Driscoll said that each time Grigsby was notified, work was started on cleaning the rubble but then would stop after a day or so.
It was condemned May 11. Even then Driscoll gave Grigsby several opportunities to clean the property themselves to save them money. But they didn't comply and time finally ran out Wednesday.
Driscoll said she will continue to monitor and condemn properties that violate city ordinances in an ongoing attempt to clean up the city.