Bonifay City Council cracks down on cleaning up

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM.

BONIFAY — Bonifay Chief of Police Chris Wells announced the first wave of notifications during the Bonifay City Council’s April 8 meeting, giving home owners a chance to clean up their acts or the city will clean it up for them for a price.

Bonifay City Council held the second and final reading for Ordinance 385, known as the “Private Property Standards of the City of Bonifay” during their March 12 meeting.

This ordinance outlines code enforcement regarding abandoned personal property, debris, excessive growth, litter, etc. regarding personal property within the Bonifay City limits that is considered unattractive, unhealthy or unsafe to the surrounding residents and visitors and defines penalties, procedures and enforcement allowed for handling such cases.

This allows the city to notify the property owner that a clean up is required and if there is no response after a certain period of time then the city will clean it, bill the owner for the clean up and place a lean on the property.

Council members reassured local resident Connie Land that this would be the case for the property next door to hers.

Land had approached the council because of the property next door was abandoned, burned at some point, with broken windows, doors removed, unmanaged lawn, frequented by vagrants and diminishing the value of her property.

“I’ve got an appraisal coming up to reduce my mortgage and it’s going to diminish the value of my property,” said Land.

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