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Planning and Zoning Administrator is cleaning up dangerous properties

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Brazil City Police Officer Clint McQueen leaves a ticket on the residence of Steve Gregg at 310 N. Leavitt Street. Planning Administrator Michele Driscoll is working with the police department in issuing tickets for the violation of waste and rank elements. Linda Messmer photo

Brazil City Planning Administrator Michele Driscoll has begun notifying residents who are in violation of City ordinance chapter 93, waste and rank elements. On Wednesday and Thursday Driscoll accompanied Brazil City Police Officer Clint McQueen who issued tickets to the home owners, occupants or tenants.

The ordinance involves high weeds and uncut grass more than ten inches in height and any garbage, trash, rank elements or brush growing on or deposited on any city lot.

Driscoll said violators can be notified by red door hanger, certified letter or a letter delivered by the police. If the property is not cleaned up within ten days of notification, a ticket can be issued. The violation carries a fine of $250 for the first offense.

Every day the violation is not corrected is deemed a separate offense and the fine can be doubled each day up to $1,000. If the fine is not paid within 10 days, the violator can be taken to court. Failure to appear will result in an arrest.

Owners, occupants or tenants issued tickets last week were:

- Gertie Bennett, rented by Robin Hanolon, 728 E. Hendrix St., known as the old Frye Grocery.

- Wesley Okulovich, 607 S. Grant and 719 S. Morgan St.

- James Wasnidge, 338 E. Tennessee St.

- Jerry Lancaster, 504 Ringo Dr.

- Jeff Welch, 421 W. Compton.

- Clyde Grigsby Jr. 722 N. Depot St.

- Jason Grigsby, 412 W. Compton St.

- Kenny Copper, 504 N. Columbia and 223 N. Meridian St.

- Fred Bolinger, 824 S. Chicago Ave.

- Martin Tisdale II, 304 N. Leavitt St.

- Tim and Samantha Francis, 512 W. Logan St.

"All they have to do is cut the grass and clean up their trash," Driscoll said. "The city has free heavy trash pick-up every Friday, so there's no excuse. You do have to call ahead to the street department and be put on a list. The number is 448-8501.

"We plan on going out about once a week until we get a handle on the situation," Driscoll continued. "We will hit them where it hurts, in their pocketbook, in order to teach them to have some respect for themselves and their neighbors."

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