After being on public display at Massac County Clerk John Taylor’s office, the board approved the ordinance, which spells out how the county will deal which such things as weed, garbage and debris and inoperable vehicles.
If a property owner becomes a nuisance, to surrounding neighbors and someone lodges a complaint to the commissioners, it would be turned over the County Sheriff. The sheriff or one of his representatives may issue a written notice for removal of weeds or grass and the property owner would have 15 days to remedy the situation. If the property owner does not comply, a lien will be placed on the property and a bill for the cost and expense the county incurs in cleaning the property, will be sent to the property owner.
The liens placed on properties may be enforced by foreclosure proceedings, and property owners found guilty of violating the provisions of the ordinance will face penalties. According to the ordinance, each day a violation continues after notification constitutes a separate offense. The commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance.
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