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TELL CITY - Tell City's building inspector vows to be vigilant in following up on more than 20 notices of violation mailed last month to property owners judged by the city to be harboring junk, untagged bags of trash or inoperable vehicles.
"I've been trying to work with them but we're to the point where the city is going to have to clean some of them up," Bob Young told the city's board of public works and safety last month. Twenty-one letters were mailed to owners or tenants, giving them official notice of the alleged violations. City ordinances prohibit property owners from accumulating junk or allowing bags of trash to pile up. Inoperable vehicles and campers are also banned and can be towed away at the owner's expense. The city bills owners when its employees have to remove trash and junk or mow grass.
The bills are based on hours worked and equipment used and can reach several hundred dollars.
"It's not cheap. We don't want to be in the landscaping or cleanup business," Young said Thursday after reaching a verbal agreement with a resident to remove an inoperable car and old camper from a backyard.
Young and city street-department workers removed some items from the yard and Young said the man has until Tuesday to remove the car and camper.
Mayor Barbara Ewing has vowed to make the tackling of eyesores a priority in 2009 and asked the council to back efforts to enforce ordinances.
Some residents have cleaned up their properties, Young said. Others have vowed to clean while some fail to even acknowledge there is a problem.
Young mailed letters of violation to these addresses: 538 10th St., 833 11th St., 427 11th St., 429 11th St., 1220 Main St., 1229 Main St., 1047 Fifth St., 816 Fifth St., 1339 10th St., 1647 Ninth St., 819 13th St., 13 Lehman Drive, 1302 19th St., 602 14th St., 733 15th St., 728 13th St., 1002 Tell St., 925 11th St., 1113 10th St., 1401 Main St. and 639 15th St.