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Lafayette Supervisors Give Property Owners 30 Days to Clean-up

The landowner of the above property off Highway 30 has 30 days to clean up his property.
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By Alyssa Schnugg
News Editor
alyssa.schnugg@hottytoddy.com

Two Lafayette County property owners are being given 30 days to clean up their property or the county will do it for them and charge the cost as a lien on their property.

On Monday during a public hearing, Building Inspector Joel Hollowell presented his recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on properties located at 246 Highway 30 and 92 County Road 390.

On the Highway 30 property, Hollowell said the property is covered with kudzu – reaching several feet high in some places. He said the property also has several inoperable vehicles parked on it and other items on the property include a large freezer.

A home on the property show signs of great wear, Hollowell said.

“I have not been given access to go inside the house but it looks like it’s caving in,” Hollowell said.

Barbara Harmon, who lives near the property that is owned by Harry Smith, said she’s concerned about the vehicles and amount of fluids, like oil and glass, are the cars leaking into the ground.

Smith also spoke at the meeting, claiming the supervisors were unfairly singling him out and that the kudzu on his property shouldn’t be his responsibility since it started on a property next to his. He also said the house is in good condition.

“It’s not condemnable,” Smith said. “Does the roof need fixed? Yes.”

The supervisors voted to grant Smith 30 days to clean up the property and 60 days to at least have started on fixing up the roof on the structure on the property.

On CR 390, Hollowell asked the supervisors to give the landowner 30 days to clean up the yard, which is covered in household trash.

More than a year ago, Hollowell spoke to the landowner and asked him to remove an old swimming pool.
He did that work,” Hollowell said. “But he’s since vacated the property and we haven’t been able to get in touch with him.”

No one spoke at the public hearing in regards to the CR 390 property. The supervisors voted to give the property owner 30 days to clean it up.

The cost to clean up the properties will be added as a lien on the property.

The supervisors also voted to schedule a public meeting to discuss property at 141 CR 104, commonly known as College Hill Switch.

The supervisors have made similar rulings on other properties around the county over the last few months.

Hollowell said there’s no increased effort on the county’s part to find these unkempt properties.

“The county has been dealing with these owners off and on for a few years in an attempt to get the properties cleaned,” Hollowell said after the meeting. “We don’t actively seek for these properties. When we are getting complaints from adjoining property owners we begin an investigation and we do our best to cooperate with the owners to take care of the problem before it gets to this point.”

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