PARKER -- Parker city council members are considering steps to clean up nuisance properties. Right now the city does not have a lot of authority to hold owners accountable.
Council members are considering a proposed abatement ordinance that will allow them to recoup some of the money they spend cleaning-up those properties.
In her job as a parker code enforcement officer, Deena Brannon has seen her share of nuisance properties.
She only knows of one that the city has been able to clean-up, the abandoned Miller Auto lot. In March the city decided to have the vacant Miller Auto business demolished.
Code Enforcement Officer Deena Brannon said, "The city ended up foreclosing on the property and tearing it down. Because all we wanted them to do was clean up and repair the property."
The city currently owns the property. But city officials will not be able to reclaim the money they spent on the work.
"And if we spend the money going and cutting your grass and tearing down buildings were not gonna have the money to do the things that need to be done,” said Brannon.
Parker Resident Carolane Beck said, "We have some places that need to be cleaned up."
Brannon has issued a citation for many properties. Usually the owners comply, but not always. If city officials resort to their last option, and clean-up someone's property, there is no procedure to collect the money for their work.
So Tuesday night council members heard the first reading of the propose ordinance that will allow them to tack the cost of the clean-up onto the owner's property tax bill.
Parker Mayor Rich Musgrave said, "We want the overall look of the community to be something that we would be proud of. So if they can maintain the property and we don’t collect a nickel that would make me as happy as a clown."
The council will hear the second reading December 17 and decide if they want to move forward.