MADISON — Boone County Commission President Eddie Hendricks says the county is going to continue to get more aggressive when it comes to abandoned buildings and dilapidated structures.
“Abandoned buildings and dilapidated structures are health hazards, eye sores and some are even being used as illegal drug dens,” Hendricks said.
On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, the commission had an Abandoned Building/Delapidated Structure Board hearing on a structure in the Pack’s Branch area of Sylvester. The commission, along with Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph and Boone County Abandoned Buildings Board, sent a clear message to the owner of this types of property as well as other owners of abandoned and delapidated structures in the county.
“Tear down these houses, buildings and structures and clean up the property or the county will have it done and take the property owners to Circuit Court to recover the costs associated with doing this,” Randolph said.
“The best case scenario is that the property owner, once contacted by the abandoned building commission takes the steps to clean that piece of property up,” said Randolph.
If the cleanup doesn’t happen by the property owner, the county then steps in, will hire contractors to clean up, or in some cases, demolish the property. A lien will then be put on the property and a forced sale could also take place, Randolph explained.
The property in Sylvester is owned by Leroy Buzzard, however he failed to appear at the hearing.
After looking a pictures of the property, submitted as evidence in the hearing, commissioners unanimously agreed to give the property owner 60 days to clean up the property.
The commission, the county prosecutor, and county abandoned buildings board said they will be looking at more abandoned and dilapidated buildings, homes and properties and doing whatever they have to get them cleaned up.
“This issue is important to our communities and we are taking it very seriously,” Randolph added. “These structures create unsafe, unsanitary havens for animals and snakes, as well as being places of illegal drug activities and unsafe for children that may wonder inside them. Not to mention they are a general eye sore on the community.”
The commission estimated that there are dozens of abandoned buildings, homes and dilapidated structures in the county.
Anyone that wants to file a complaint about an abandoned or delapidated structure can obtain a complaint form from the Boone County Commission office.