City Of Dexter To Move Forward On Prosecution Regarding A Public Nuisance

By Lynne Beauchamp,

The City of Dexter will move forward to correct a Public Nuisance of the General Code on a property within the City.

City of Dexter Community Development Manager, Michelle Aniol, described to City Council the history of property located at 2865 Baker Road. She provided this information during a public hearing/show cause hearing of the property during a regular City Council meeting on July 9.

Aniol said March  26, 2018, she received a written complaint about the property regarding a code violation which abuts a new construction development. The property is a mortgage foreclosure and is currently owned by LSF9 Portfolio. She said the property has been vacant since November 2017, after Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) evicted the residents at that time. Aniol said she did a site investigation on March 26, 2018 and April 4, 2018. On April 13, Aniol said she documented what the violations were, Section 1831 Public Nuisance of the General Code and 3.11 Property Maintenance under the Zoning Ordinance. She noted the property contained junk and rubbish, overgrown trees and grass with the house being in disrepair among other conditions. She said on April 13, a notice of violation was sent to the property owner in which 10 days are given to rectify the violations. A second notice was sent to correct the violations and no compliance action was taken by the property owner said Aniol.

She contacted the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and the city’s attorney and determined prosecution would be the next step. She said she had contacted the property management company of the property owner to clean up the property, but as of June 26, this had not been done. She added that the vegetation is so thick, she was not able to get up close to the property and had to make determinations from afar or using aerial photography.

Aniol said, in accordance with its ordinance, the city can take necessary steps in rectifying the property situation and recovering costs of doing so, but needs to go through the court system for the order.

While there were no individuals representing LSF9 Portfolio at the show cause hearing, one individual expressed interest in purchasing the property for the land.

City council voted, July 9, to move forward with prosecution in regards to the property at 2865 Baker Road.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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