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Pittsburg works to enforce property ordinance

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The City of Pittsburg is looking at ways to enforce a property ordinance when it comes to repeat offenders.

183 properties were deemed a nuisance in Pittsburg.  The city hopes to get $90,000 from property owners to cover work already complete.

Commission members are trying to get city staff to find a way to enforce the code.

They say these property owners appear to take advantage of the city and its residents.

When property owners do not take care of either mowing, trash or demolition of dilapidated  structures, the city has to intervene.

City Manager Daron Hall says the city does not need to be in the business of maintaining private properties.

"It's a fee that more than covers the cost of doing the business, it also covers the cost of all the administrative side and mailing, but it's exorbitant for a reason," says Hall.

Hall says alternative punishment like municipal court could come into play, but the city would have to go case-by-case to see the cause of neglect.

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