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City of Duquesne addressing unkempt lots

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The City of Duquesne, Missouri says even tornado victims have had enough time to make their property presentable and now the community is taking action.

Duquesne is calling attention to all unkempt properties inside city limits.

City officials say they're currently dealing with about 40 unkempt lots and plan to address all of them in a timely manner.

Today, five different property owners were requested to appear in a public hearing for "nuisance violations" because of their unkempt property.

Police sent out citations to each owner indicating their property needed to be cared for.

The property owners are allotted a certain amount of time to clean up their lot.  If it is not taken care of they could be fined up to $500.

Officials say since it has been 16 months since the storm it is time to get the ball rolling on improving the looks of the city.

"It's not fair to the rest of the people who have worked diligently to clean their yards up and these other people are allowed to keep their weeds up 3-4 feet tall, all kinds of wild stuff in them, like bugs, snakes, rats, everything else," says Duquesne Mayor Denny White.

Duquesne residents can request help from the Workforce Investment Board to remove remaining debris on their property.  All they have to do is sign a "right of entry" form at Duquesne city hall.

As for taking care of those weeds, officials say property owners are on their own.

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