The North Bend Eagle

 

Nuisance abatement program continues

by Nathan Arneal
Published 8/26/15

Year two of the city’s nuisance abate program through the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District is well underway.

NENEDD Deputy Director Tina Engelbart said she sent out courtesy letters to 19 property owners found to be in violation of North Bend’s nuisance ordinance.

This year NENEDD staff looked at a three-block wide section of town bordered by Pine and Chestnut streets running north and south the length of North Bend. The section reviewed also included the industrially zoned lots along Highway 30 on the west end of town. A total of 220 properties were examined.

Of the 19 properties found in violation, 13 of them were fixed by the Aug. 18 city council meeting.

“Thirteen of 19, that’s good,” councilman Tim Blackmon said. “It seems to be working. Maybe slower than we want, but it seems to be working.”

The other six asked for and were granted a 30-day extension to address their problems.

“Some people are frustrated when you send that courtesy letter and give the initial 30 days, and you’re like, ‘I can’t believe they didn’t get this done,’” Engelbart said. “Well, it didn’t get that way in 30 days. Some people are going to need more time.”

Those 30-day extensions will expire by the Sept. 1 council meeting. If the nuisances have not been corrected by then, the properties in violation will be made public and be declared nuisances by the council. Certified letters will be sent out notifying the property owners and they will receive another 30 days to rectify the situation.

During that time, NENEDD and the city council will be exploring options and getting cost estimates for cleaning up the nuisance properties.

If the nuisance still exists after the 30 days, the council will move to abate the properties and have them cleaned up.

“We know this costs us money,” mayor Jeff Kluthe said, “but the people of the town want to spend it to get it cleaned up, so that’s what we’re going to do.”
When the first section of town went through the process last year, all of the nuisances were cleaned up before reaching the abatement step of the process.

Engelbart said she expects several of the properties will require abatement by the city this time around.

In other council business:

• Refurbishing of the city park pavilion was discussed again. Earlier this year, the city had a contractor come up with some ideas to fix up the pavilion. Now the council is leaning more towards tearing down the pavilion and building a new structure.

• The city switched its keno operation services to a new company, signing an agreement with Advanced Gaming Technologies, Inc. out of Bellevue.

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